Police nabs father, step-mother for cutting daughter’s finger for rituals

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The Ogun State police command has arrested a couple, Nasiru Adeyemo and Idayat Adeyemo for allegedly cutting off the finger of their daughter, Abibat, and abandoning her in a bush.

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The 7-year-old was discovered after two days by some residents in the area who noticed a sack and alerted the policemen from Owode Egba division.

It was learnt that the parents tied up the seven-year-old in a white sack before disposing of her in the bush.

Abibat was said to have been found unconscious in the sack and immediately rushed to the hospital where she was resuscitated.

When interrogated, Abibat said her step-mother and father cut her finger and tied her up in a sack for money ritual.

The state police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirming the incident to newsmen said the victim told the police that her father, Nasiru, and step-mother, Idayat, cut off her finger and threw her into the bush for money ritual.

He said, “The couple were arrested following a distress call from members of the public that a strange load in a sack was sighted in the Asabala area, along Papalanto/Sagamu Road.

“On the strength of the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Owode Egba, CSP Shehu Alao, led his men to the scene where the load, which was inside a white rice sack, was untied.

“Surprisingly, it was a seven-year-old girl that was inside. One of her right hand fingers had been cut off. She was tied, put inside the sack and dumped on the roadside since Friday, August 11.

“When they realised that she was still alive, she was taken to a hospital for medical attention. It was when she regained consciousness that she informed the police that her father and stepmother were the ones who cut off her finger, tied and put her inside the sack. She said they dumped her inside the bush for her to die. The father and stepmother were arrested on Sunday, August 13.”

Oyeyemi added that the case has been transferred to the Anti-kidnapping/Anti-cultism Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweran, Abeokuta, for further investigation and prosecution of the suspects.

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