Awka – A teenage girl simply identified as Ada, who was chained by the neck and limbs and locked up by her parents, has been rescued by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC in Abia State.
Freedom over the weekend came the way of the teenage girl, who is a native of Umuokoro Obinkita in Arochukwu local government area of Abia state.
TNC correspondent gathered that the parents had alleged that their little daughter was suffering from a mental ailment, a situation that led to the action to prevent her from straying away.
According to the NSCDC Public Relations Officer in Abia State, Mr. Ndukwe, the successful operation was following a tip-off from the social media where the incident was first reported and support from civil society organizations, including Vicar Hope Foundation and the Child Protection Network.
He said following the development, the wife of the governor of Abia State, Dr Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, who is also Chairman of the State Action Committee on Gender-based violence had ordered an investigation of the online posts to unravel the facts and rescue the child.
“The operation was preceded by a 24 hour of surveillance at the victim’s home. The victim was placed in chains and locked in the house by her mother identified as Blessing when the men of NSCDC in the state rescued her. We have also arrested the mother,” the Abia NSCDC spokesperson revealed.
He further said the State Commandant of the Civil Defense Corps has directed a thorough investigation of the incident.
“The State Commandant, Mr Vincent Ogu, has directed a full-scale investigation while the victim has been handed over to the Management of Vicar Hope Foundation, a pet project of the wife of Abia State Governor, Dr. Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu for rehabilitation, treatment and care,” he said.
Meanwhile, an aide to the Abia Governor’s wife, Chika Ojiegbe, who spoke to newsmen at the state Headquarters of Civil Defense Corps, following the operation, said there was no excuse for the inhuman treatment meted on the girl by her mother.
According to him, the mother should have sought medical help for her child, if her claims that her daughter had poor mental health were true.
“The first lady is concerned that abuse of any sort should occur no matter the circumstance,” he concluded.