On Monday, the Ekiti State Police Command rescued a pair of two-year-old twins who had been locked in a room for three days without food by their mother, Joy, in Igbara Odo, Ekiti South West Local Government Area.
The woman allegedly threatened to kill the babies if someone forced her to open the door, according to reports.
According to sources, she locked up her children to protest the father of the children’s neglect and abandonment after she became pregnant and in the face of adversity.
Ekiti police commissioner Tunde Mobayo said his men swung into action after receiving a call from a good Samaritan, rushed to the scene, and tactically rescued the children.
“The two kids were taken immediately to hospital for medical examination/treatment, while investigation has already commenced and the command shall ensure the safety of the kids and their mother,” Mr Mobayo stated.
Ekiti police spokesman Sunday Abutu who made this known in a statement said the Command received a distressed call that “the woman locked up her twin babies in her room for about three days without food and threatened to kill them should anyone compel her to open the door.
“The command’s Rapid Response Squad, upon the receipt of the information, swung into action and rescued the two kids. During interrogation, the lady narrated that the father of her kids left her for Calabar, Cross River State capital, when she was pregnant and has refused to return to take care of her and the kids till date.
“According to her, she could no longer fend for herself and her two kids because her hair dressing work started failing. The two kids, who appear unhealthy, are already two years’ old but can neither walk nor stand on their own without support due to malnutrition.”
Mr. Abutu, who said the twins were taken immediately to the hospital for medical attention, said the police had already begun an investigation into the matter and would ensure the safety of the kids and their mother.