A middle-aged man, Salisu Umar, has locked up his physically disabled son, Sadiku, who is 16-years-old, in a cage at his house in Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State, Nigeria, for the past two years.
Salisu Umar locked up Sadiku in 2018 and was being fed badly, as if he was a dog during the entire period of him being locked up in the cage.
The man was apparently embarrassed by the state his son was in and therefore wanted to keep him away from the public’s eyes.
Salisu Umar also has a large family and was living in a house that could not accommodate Sadiku with his condition, as he is disabled.
Sadiku was, released from the torture of his father when a non-governmental organisation, Save the Children International (SCI), made sure of his release last week.
Once the SCI saw the condition of the boy they decided to report the matter to the police and rescue Sadiku. His father was arrested and detained before he was released, but was warned to stay away from the inhumane treatment of his son.
A SCI agent in Daura, Aminu Gambo, said Salisu Umar told the police that he had locked his son in the cage because there was no space for him in the apartment that had two rooms and ws hosing 15 family members.
He was kept at the police station in Daura, Nigeria, for a day and moved to the police headquarters in Katsina, Nigeria, before he was released on the condition that he will no longer keep his son in a cage and dehumanise him.
SCI is working to see how it can accommodate Sadiku under its Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to make informed Choices for their Health (REACH) initiative being implemented in Zamfara, Katsina and Gombe states, Nigeria.
It would not be the first time such inhumane treatment would have happened to helpless victims.
In October 2019, police discovered a rehabilitation/religious training centre in Daura, Nigeria, where about 500 young men were chained with some of them being sexually abused.
A similar centre was discovered in the metropolitan area, in Nigeria, a few days later, where hundreds of youths were chained, and subjected to all forms of dehumanisation.
In February 2020, a 30-year-old man, Samaila Musa, was arrested for chaining and enslaving his two wives in Rimi Local Government area, Nigeria.