Police rescue 17-year-old girl ‘locked up by her aunt’ in Plateau

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The Plateau police command has rescued a 17-year-old girl reportedly locked up by her aunt in Jos, the state capital.

According to NAN, Grace Pam, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) coordinator in Plateau, said the girl was rescued in Rikkos area of Jos North LGA.

Pam said the victim was brought to live with her aunt after her grandmother, who was taking care of her, became sick.

“The commission received information from an anonymous complainant that the girl was locked up on the balcony of a house by her aunt,” she said.

“She was living with her grandmother before she came to the aunt’s house, because the grandmother took ill and could not continue to care for her.

“The complainant alleged that the aunt travelled for close to a week and left the girl without food.

“Investigation revealed that the girl was truly malnourished and had scars on her hands, neck, and other parts of her body. The marks resulted from incessant beatings she received from her aunt.

“The matter was reported to the police where the aunt’s statement was taken upon return from her trip.