A septuagenarian, Madam Yemi Kazeem, has been arrested by the men of the Ogun State Police Command for colluding with her daughter, Yomi Kazeem, to chain her 12-year-old grandchild, Segun Azeez.
The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, who led newsmen to the scene of the crime, described the actions of the old woman and her daughter, as “man inhumanity to man”.
Iliyasu described the development as unfortunate considering the health of the boy who was tied with a big chain on both hands and legs.
The CP said the arrest followed an alert received by men of the Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad who was on routine patrol around the area on Wednesday.
Iliyasu said, “This is a case of wickedness and the child had emaciated by reason of this inhuman treatment meted to him by the duo.
” Segun has been tied like an animal to a god and has been defecating and eating at the same spot for about two months.
We quickly had to move in to effect the arrest in line with the laws of the state and international best practices.
” A human being cannot take such inhuman measure against another human being. Such issues can lead to cases of rituals and disappearances of human beings and so we had to move fast.”
The victim’s mother who spoke with newsmen said she regretted her action.
She explained that the boy was brought to her last November having stayed with her paternal grandmother for six years in Sagamu.
The mother said she and Segun’s father, Wale Azeez, had separated since 2011.
She further explained that the boy was permanently not tied for the period that he was accompanied occasionally when he had to answer call of nature.
“I was told that he was so stubborn and always run away from home while he was at Sagamu with his paternal grandmother.
” He had continued to do the same and we have had to go and pick him up at different locations in Abeokuta on several occasions
“He has also stolen my money and phone and ran away and his attitude had led me to bring him here at Obada to be staying with my mother.
” He had continued to also run away from home and my mother had told me she could no longer cope with the situation and this was why I decided to tie him down,’ she said.
The boy told newsmen that he developed the attitude of running from home because he was often being starved by his paternal grandmother.