Onyeka John, a teenage girl has regained freedom after allegedly being chained to the burglar-proof bars of her home for about a month by her parents.

According to a reliable source, Onyeka who lives with her parents in a rented apartment on Serebe street, Abaranje, in Ikotun area of Lagos, was tied up around her neck and legs for habitually running away from home. Her parents who did this to her ascribed the situation to that of mental illness.

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It was gathered that the landlord of the apartment where she resides, Mr. Oladapo Olubajo, went to the backyard where the family’s apartment is located, to check a pumping machine when he saw the girl whose parents habitually tied always; her parents had gone out on this day. The landlord was said to have alerted a resident, who reported the case to the police at the Ikotun division.

The resident, who chose to be anonymous, said the girl’s parents eventually showed up at the police station and made statements.

According to him, “The parents locked the girl up. She is about 14 years old. She was chained naked to the burglary inside the room by the neck and legs. Policemen came to rescue the girl. Her parents later turned themselves in at the station. They said the girl had been a disgrace to the family.”

The landlord, Olubajo, who had initially wanted to take up the matter with the parents was obstructed by some residents who asked him not to. He said, “When I saw her chained to the burglar-proof bar, I raised the alarm. The police later got the parents to the station and interrogated them. The girl said she had been there for almost one month. Her parents moved here a year ago. I have noticed that their behaviour was odd, but I didn’t know they could go to the extent of chaining their daughter. People begged me and the police eventually released the girl to them yesterday (Wednesday)” Olubajo concluded that they would leave his house.

In an interview, Onyeka’s father said he and his wife meant no harm for their daughter. He said, “She always runs away from home. That was why we chained her. I think she is mentally ill. We planned to take her to a hospital this month. As I speak now, she has fled home again.”

The case is currently under investigation, according to the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos.

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