Police Rescue 5-Year Old Chained, Starved For 3 Days


Operatives of the Bauchi Police Command have rescued a five-year-old boy found chained by his father and starved for three days.

The Police got wind of the alleged maltreatment following a tip-off from concerned neighbours in the Gwallagan Mayaka area in the Bauchi metropolis.

Spokesman of the Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, in a statement on Friday, explained:  “On July 3, 2024 when the ward head of  Gwallagan Mayaka area of Bauchi reported that  he received information from a good Samaritan, a resident in the community, who revealed that his wife Amina (not real name) had  informed him that she saw a 5-year-old boy of their neighbours tied with a chain inside a room situated at the same address.

Amina promptly checked on the boy to confirm his condition and found him lying unconscious, tied with a chain.

“On receipt of the information, a team of detectives led by CSP. Mubarak S. Baba DPO D’ Division, Dutsen Tanshi moved to the scene and rescued the boy.”

The statement further revealed that during an interview,  the victim, Hussaini Abubakar, disclosed  he was maltreated by his father, Abubakar Nuhu ‘m’ 50yrs AKA Wanzam of Gwallagan Mayaka.

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The minor disclosed that he had been confined by his father without receiving any humane treatment for several unspecified days, during which he went without food for three days.

Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Musa Muhammad immediately directed the Divisional Police Officer, DPO to apprehend the offender for investigation and prosecution for the established offence.

Wakil said during interrogation, the suspect Abubakar Nuhu popularly known as Wanzam was arrested for the offence of Child Abuse.

The defendant had claimed to have confined the minor “in order to restrict him from stealing their neighbour’s valuables” and he was advised to do so by a friend.”


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