Following a tip-off and support from the Vicar Hope Foundation of the wife of Abia State Governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu and the Child Protection Network, officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps has rescued teenage girl from Umuokoro Obinkita Arochukwu, chained by the neck and limbs and locked away by her parents.
The rescue of the child was effected Monday afternoon, after a 24-hour of surveillance mounted at the victim’s home.
According to eye witness accounts, the young girl who is named Ada was placed in chains and locked in the house by her mother with the men of the civil defense having to execute a forced entry of the building before they could rescue the girl, while the mother, who is the chief suspect, was also arrested.
ABIA ONLINE gathered rumours of the plight of the young girl first went public via social media platform WhatsApp with sketchy details of the incidence.
However, unsettled by the story, the wife of Abia State Governor and Chairman of the State Action Committee on Gender Based Violence, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, ordered an investigation of the online posts to unravel the facts, and rescue the child.
In an interview, mother of the mother of the girl, who gave her name as Blessing, claimed that her daughter had a mental challenge and that she had to chain her to prevent her from wandering off.
Representative of the wife of the Governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, who spoke to news men at the state Headquarters of Civil Defense Corps following the arrest and rescue, said there is no excuse for the inhuman treatment meted on the girl by her mother, instead she should have sought medical help for her daughter if her claims that her girl had poor mental health were true.
He said the First Lady is concerned that abuse of any sort should occur no matter the circumstance.
The representative of the wife of the Governor, said Vicar Hope Foundation has taken custody of the abused girl with a view to facilitating expert psychiatric evaluation to ascertain her condition and provide treatment.
Apostle Innocent Akomas of the Child Protection Network Abia State, who collaborated in effecting the rescue of the girl, decried the attitude of the girl’s parent in dehumanizing the young girl, and commended the Civil defense for its quick action in responding the moment the Vicar Hope Foundation and the Child Protection Network called on them.
Public Relations officer of the Nigeria Civil Defense Corps, Mr. Ndukwe confirmed the development saying that an arrest has been made, while adding that the State Commandant of the Corps has directed a thorough investigation of the incident.