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Photos: Woman Caged Late Sister’ Daughter For 5 Months In Akure Ondo Over Witchcraft Allegations

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Photos: Woman Caged Late Sister’ Daughter For 5 Months In Akure Ondo Over Witchcraft Allegations

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August 26, 2016 – Pictures: Woman Caged Late Sister’s Daughter For 5 Months In Akure Ondo State Over Witchcraft Allegations

For allegedly being ‘possessed,’ a toddler, Precious Michael, was banished to a solitary confinement in a cage for about five months by her foster mother, Mrs. Mary Matthew. Precious was fed like a dog and made to defecate in a corner of the cage.

The incident occurred at Imafon community in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State. Precious, who is about four years’ old, was accused of being responsible for the death of her biological mother a few months ago.

After her mother’s death, Precious was asked to live with her mother’s elder sister, Matthew, who has six children and is expecting the seventh. Matthew said she isolated the girl so that she would not “infect other children with the sickness that killed her mother”.

girl caged by aunt in akure ondo state

But neighbours, who noticed what the girl was going through, alerted the police. Officials of the Juvenile and Welfare Centre (JWC) of the state Police Command rescued Precious and took her to the police clinic for medical attention.

The Officer in Charge of JWC, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Olayemi Ojumu, said the victim was malnourished and was at the point of death before she was rescued.

At the clinic, Ojumu and other police officers donated blood for Precious to regain consciousness. Briefing journalists on the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, said the foster mother exposed the toddler to a condition that could lead to her death.

The commissioner said Precious could have died if not for the quick intervention of the police.

She said: “Good people in the neighbourhood noticed that a child had been put in a cage for some days near the homes of some persons where we later discovered were the foster parents to the young girl of four to five years.

“She was being fed in the cage. She was made to defecate in the cage for a long period of time and it was brought to the notice of the police command.

“We have a female officer in charge of JWC and the DPO of ‘A’ Division quickly swung into action. We got the little girl rescued from the cage; she was taken to the police clinic.

When I saw this little girl, I have to be strong as an officer but my emotion took over my person because I did not know she could survive. She was in anaemic state. As a non-professional, you could see she was going (to die) and they needed to transfuse blood immediately.

“But my joy came when I knew that the officer and other officers were ready to donate blood to save the life of the little girl.” Ibifuro-Harrison said the girl had responded to treatment and that the Ministry of Women Affairs would take custody of her.

girl caged by late mother's sister akure ondo

She added that the police would not release her to the foster parents. The police chief said that the foster parents would be charged with child abuse at the appropriate time. But the foster mother denied the allegation of putting the girl in cage.

Matthew, who hails from Enugu State, claimed she put Precious in her shop where she was fed on a daily basis. Matthew, however, said Precious was isolated because she did not want the girl to mix with her own biological children in order “not to infect them with the disease which killed her mother.”

[Daily Post]



  1. Bokemb

    August 26, 2016 at 5:41 AM

    Lord have Mercy on us and on the whole world


    August 26, 2016 at 5:45 AM

    This woman should be send to jail without no negotiation

  3. Akuwax in Zambia

    August 26, 2016 at 6:01 AM

    This devilish woman must be jailed after further findings. Once found guilty let her be jailed for a period of years so that she can learn a lesson.

  4. fifelomo

    August 26, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Hmmmm, someone people are just wicked! While reading this I couldn’t help but cry. For goodness sake why would someone treat a kid like this? Some people wicked pass devil their mentor. Thank God the girl is in safe hands.

  5. TIno

    August 26, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    You can never go unpunished, wicked woman.

  6. sola olaniyi

    August 26, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    OMG…this is barbaric and callous

  7. Big Aunty Koks

    August 26, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Where is the girl’s father? The foster mother’s family is obviously stressed out with eight mouths to feed and the pregnancy of their own making to cater for. Therefore, being forced by circumstances to take on an additional child that is not theirs, accusations of witchcraft levelled against the poor child is just the perfect foundation for them to systematically execute their rejection of this”intruder” into their already uncomfortable world of poverty and hardship.

    Let’s hope somebody more humane will adopt the child and that the involvement of the Ministry of Women Affairs will ensure that the child will be better cared for and that wherever her new home will be the Ministry Officers will monitor her progress so she would not have to pass through such trauma as reported here again.

  8. Sweetchy

    August 26, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Wickedness in high places and this is coming from a person who calls herself a mother?
    Lord have mercy!

  9. huchennar

    August 26, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    the neighbours on one side did wrong they should have alerted earlier 5month is just too much.. this woman should be given a two charge allegation she should be tried for attempted murder and child abuse/molestation.. evil beast living in human flesh

    #clueless human

  10. Funmi

    August 26, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Some people are just wolves in sheep clothing. This is disheartening, height of wickedness. May God heal the child and protect her away from these wolves.

  11. LOve

    August 26, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Height of wickedness. Can’t hold back tears from my eyes. Sweet angel, May God grant you quick recovery and you will fulfill purpose in life

  12. Henry

    August 26, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Na wao 4 naija ooo!!!! Dis no be country against,na jungle!

  13. Metu Nyetu

    August 26, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    WHEN WOMEN DO this kind of thing; when the one who was created by God to be helpful(Genesis 2:18) does this kind of thing, I weep within me.

  14. Pa salami

    August 26, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    What a wicked soul sister that can do this to her late sister’s daughter what is the world turning to my advice to the father of this little child take her away from the monster in law hence before you know it she will use her for money rituals my best advice

  15. olofofo

    August 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Devil we punish that woman

  16. Maryf

    August 29, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    This is what I hate about people like this woman. She should also be locked up 5-6 months and be mal treated the way she did to that little girl. Wickedness never pays

  17. Thricy

    August 31, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    What a world we live in. Child abuse everyday. What has this little innocent girl done to warrant such punishment? Chei some people get mind n heart ooo.

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