By Evelyn Usman
A 13-year-old teenager, who was chained by his father for stealing his N2,000, was rescued by policemen attached to Shagamu Police Division of the Ogun State Command, yesterday.
Neighbours at 9, Dokun Street, Ewuga Shagamu, told Vanguard that the teenager was found on the bare floor, naked, with his hands and legs bound. They also said he had blood stains on his body.
When asked why he was in the position, his father, Adeoye Oreyomi, 41, accused him of stealing his N2,000.
A resident, Modupe Okeshola, alleged that it was not the first time the teenager would be dehumanised by his father.
She said: “This is how this boy has been dehumanised by his father. Even if he stole, is this the right way to discipline a child? He even padlocked the chains so that nobody can rescue him.
“We had to call in the Police because we were afraid that the boy might die.”
The Divisional Police Officer, Shagamu Division, Aduroja Moses, reportedly led a team of policemen to the house, from where the teenager was rescued and taken to the hospital, while his father was arrested.
As at 6p.m. yesterday, the teenager was still being treated in an undisclosed hospital.
Confirming the incident, spokesman for Ogun State Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said: “The Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered that the suspect be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
“He warned that the Command will not tolerate any act of lawlessness from anybody no matter how highly placed the person is.”