By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Kano state police command has rescued a 32-year-old man Ahmad Aliyu who had been locked in a room by his father and stepmother for over seven years after accusing him of drug abuse.
Kano Focus reports that Mr. Aliyu, a resident of Farawa Babban Layi in Mariri quarters, Kumbotso local government area in Kano metropolis was rescued by police and human rights groups on Thursday afternoon.
A resident of the area, Rahma Muhammad alerted the police and human rights activists about Mr Aliyu’s plight.
Ms Muhammad was heard in a 1 minute 30 second video saying that she has fulfilled her promise of rescuing him.
“I promised to rescue you and I have now fulfilled my promise.
“Or do you want to go back to your room?
“Do you recognize me? My name is Rahma.’ She said.
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An eyewitness, Shehu Ibrahim said Mr. Aliyu was locked by his parents on the suspicion that he had started smoking and getting involved in drug abuse.
He said the stepmother tried to hide him when the police arrived, insisting that he was not in the house, but eventually they succeeded in rescuing him.
He said the victim would spend days without food and water and had to eat his feces and urine.
The police spokesperson in Kano, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa has confirmed the incident.
Mr Kiyawa, a deputy superintendent of police said they are still gathering information and will brief the press later.