Mother Imprisons Son in Wardrobe For Being Wayward

A middle – aged woman, identified simply as Iya Ayo, who tied up her son in sacks and locked him up in a wardrobe for four days in the Fesojaye community, Owode , Osogbo , Osun State , has been arrested by the police .

The woman reportedly subjected the boy , who is about 10 years old, to punishment for constantly stealing and for being possessed by an evil spirit .

The boy was , however , rescued when a neighbour heard him crying for help and drew the attention of residents of the area to the house where he was kept .

The Chairman , Fesojaye Community Landlords Association, Sakiru Gbadegesin , explained that the mother was in church on Sunday when the boy was rescued .

Gbadegesin said the woman told them that she tied the boy up in sacks and kept him in the wardrobe since Thursday , because of his wayward acts.

He stated , “ We don ’ t know much about the woman and her family . But on Sunday , around 11 am , I was informed that she kept her son in the wardrobe to punish him for his wayward life . I told those who brought the matter to me to report it to the police .

“ Later , policemen from the Oke Baale Police Station , Osogbo , came and the woman was forced to open the door and the boy was brought out from the wardrobe . He was almost dead .

“ She confessed that she tied the boy in three sacks and kept him in the wardrobe since Thursday , because he was wayward and used to steal .

“ A neighbour of the woman, who was fumigating the surroundings of her house , heard the boy ’ s cry for help and informed us . As of the time, the mother was in church . She attends a Celestial Church of Christ . The woman was later arrested and taken to the Oke Baale Police Station . ”

In footages of the incident made available to our correspondent , the emaciated boy was given a tin of milk , while a woman held his mother to prevent her from running away.

The efforts made to contact the Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Yemisi Opalola , pleaded for time to investigate the matter and call back .

She had yet to get back to our correspondent as of the time of filing this report .

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