A teenage girl from Umuokoro Obinkita in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State who was chained by the neck and limbs and locked away in their house by her mother has been rescued by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
The rescue came after there was tip-off and support from non-governmental organisations Vicar Hope Foundation and the Child Protection Network.
Abia NSCDC spokesman said the rescue was achieved after 24 hours of inspection mounted at the victim’s home.
In an interview with newsmen, the mother insisted that her daughter had a mental challenge and that she had to chain her to stop her from roaming off.
The girl has been taken into custody by the wife of the governor Nkechi Ikpeazu who runs Vicar Hope Foundation.
Mrs Ikpeazu said her foundation took charge of the girl to aid expert psychiatric evaluation to determine her condition and provide treatment.
Speaking through her chief press secretary Chika Ojiegbe, the governor’s wife said there was no reason for the inhumane treatment meted to the teenager by her parent.
She said the girl’s parent should have solicited medical help if the girl had poor mental health.
The governor’s wife, who is also the chairman of the state action committee on gender-based violence, had ordered an investigation after online reports about the girl’s condition.