The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested a woman, Joy Fatoba, for allegedly locking up her 3-year-old twin children in a room without food for three days.
Spokesman of the command, ASP Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday, April 5, said the police rescued the children and took them to hospital for medical care.
Abutu said his men on Sunday, April 4, got a distress call from a good Samaritan that the suspect from Igbara-Odo, Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area of the state allegedly confined her twin children in a room for three days without food.
He stated that the mother allegedly threatened to kill them should anyone compel her to open the door.
“Today being 05/04/2021 at about 0945hrs, a distress call was received from a good Samaritan that a lady, who was later identified as Joy Fatoba of IgbaraOdo, locked up her twin babies in her room since about three days ago without food and threatened to kill them should anyone compel her to open the door,” Abutu stated.
“During interrogation, the lady narrated that the father of her kids left her for Calabar during pregnancy and has refused to return to take care of her and the kids.
According to her, she could no longer fend for herself and her two kids recently because her hair dressing work started failing.
“It was gathered that the two kids, who appear unhealthy, are already two years old but can neither walk nor stand on their own without support due to undernutrition. As a result the babies were immediately taken to the hospital for medical care and examination while investigation has already commenced and the Command shall ensure the safety of the kids and their Mother,” he added.
While appreciating the caller for the useful and timely information, the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobato, urged everyone to always draw the attention of the nearest police station to any untoward incident or happening observed in their locality.