“Ah! She is heartless”โ€“ reactions as Police rescue a 17-year-old girl allegedly starved, beaten, and imprisoned in a goat pen by her aunt in Plateau.

A 17-year-old, allegedly kept captive in a goat cage by her aunt for more than a week in Rikkos, Jos North Local Government Area of the state, has been rescued by the Plateau State Police Command, Praizemedia report.

She was saved after a neighbor notified Josโ€™ National Human Rights Commission, who then called the police.
According to The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the aunt was always abusing and starving the girl, who was an orphan.

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On Friday, November 18, 2022, Mrs. Grace Pam, the Plateau coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission, issued a statement confirming the girlโ€™s rescue.

In her words;

โ€œThe commission received information from an anonymous complainant that the girl was locked up on the balcony of a house by her aunt. She was living with her grandmother before she came to the auntโ€™s house because the grandmother was ill and could not continue to care for her.
The complainant alleged that the aunt traveled for close to a week and left the girl without food. Investigation revealed that the girl was truly malnourished and had scars on her hands, neck, and other parts of her body.

The marks resulted from incessant beatings she received from her aunt. The matter was reported to the police where the auntโ€™s statement was taken upon return from her trip.
The girl has been provided with temporary shelter until she recovers. We also found out that the orphan girl was never allowed to go out, but was locked up in the house and not fed. She has been taken to hospital by one of our partners to ensure proper medical careโ€

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