Police arrest man for chaining son for two months

Nigerian police
The Lagos State Police Command have arrested a man identified as Akanbi Lawal, for allegedly keeping his son, Yusuf Lawal, in captivity and for chaining him inside a room for two months in his residence at No. 4, lfekoya Street, Papa Ashafa, Agege, Lagos.

According to the police, one of their neighbours, Tayo Olukoju of No. 53, Adebanbo Street, Papa Ashafa, Agege, came to the station and reported that his friend, Yusuf Lawal, 35 was found inside his room with chains to his two hands. According to Olukoju, the chain was beginning to cause Yusuf’s wrist to decay because he has been chained for almost two months.

Neighbours said the father took the action because of what he described as the shame and embarrassment his son was causing him in the neighbourhood. He was also said not to be happy with the friends he keeps.

Following the report, police operatives from Dopemu division moved in and rescued the victim, while the father was arrested and kept in custody for interrogation. The police also removed the chain from Yusuf’s hands and rushed him to Oke Odo general hospital, where he is presently receiving treatment.

However, what transpired between the father and son, which subsequently led to Yusuf’s chaining and imprisonment could not be ascertained as at the time of reporting, though police sources said the father was undergoing interrogation.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that the police have already commenced investigation and are unraveling what led to Yusuf’s assault.

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