Kano State Police Command has arrested a woman identified as Maryam Dauda for starving and confining her 12-year-old son in a room where he was found eating his own faeces in the family’s rented apartment at Unguwar Liman Dorayi in the Gwale Local Government Area of the state.
Maryam Dauda was arrested by the police following a complaint by one Ibrahim Danladi Satatima who found the boy in chains without proper feeding and health care at a house he intended to buy.
Speaking with Daily Trust, Satatima said he was interested in buying a house and was assessing its condition when he saw the boy inside the room, where he was chained and eating his own faeces.
“As I entered the house alongside the landlord, I saw a boy chained inside a room eating his faeces,” Satatima said, adding that he sought assistance from the neighbours to rescue the boy but they were not cooperative.
“So I went to see the ward head but I could not see him as he was not around at that moment. We waited for an hour or so but he did not appear. I called him on phone but his line did not go through. So I decided to report the case to Dorayi police station and they promptly responded,” he added.
Police Confirms Arrest Of Maryam Dauda
Spokesperson for Kano State Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed that the woman is in their custody and will be arraigned as soon as an ongoing investigation is concluded.
Kiyawa added that the victim was rescued and rushed to Murtala Muhammad Hospital where he is currently receiving medical attention.
When interrogated, Maryam Dauda blamed her action on poverty, saying she had had no help since she had the boy who she claimed was suffering from mental illness all his life.
“He is not the only one, even his two brothers suffered from the same illness before they passed away,” the woman said.
KanyiDaily had also reported how the police rescued a 12-year-old girl, Joy Emmanuel, who was caged and starved for eight months by her guardians in Sokoto.