Police command in Kano has rescued a 32-year-old man, Ahmad Aminu, from solitary confinement over suspicion of drug abuse.
Ahmad was allegedly confined in a room for seven years by his father who accused him of drug abuse.
The victim was rescued following an alarm raised by a neighbor, Rahma.
Though Daily Trust could not establish contact with Rahma at the time of filing this report, she was, however, heard in a one minute 30 second video clip circulating on Instagram, expressing fulfillment at the rescue of the victim after seven years of solitary confinement.
The spokesman of Kano Police command DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who confirmed the development, told Daily Trust that the victim was rescued Thursday afternoon at Farawa, a slum in Mariri area of Kumbotso local government area of the state.
According to Kiyawa, “on the 13/08/2020 at about 2315hrs, information received revealed that one Aminu Farawa locked up his biological son, one Ahmed Aminu, 30 years old of the same address inside his car garage within his house for about seven (7) years without proper feeding and health care.”
He said, on receiving the information, the team of Operation Puff-Adder attached to the command was mobilised and immediately swung into action and rescued the victim.
He said the police had rushed the victim to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital Kano for treatment while his father had been arrested.
Kiyawa said Malam Aminu Farawa had confessed to locking up his son for three years against the seven years being reported over allegation of drug abuse.
He added that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Habu A. Sani, had ordered the case be transferred to State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) for discreet investigations.
When our reporter visited the area where the victim was rescued, the house was under lock and the streets around the neighbourhood deserted with only few people chatting in groups about the bizarre incident.
Our correspondent gathered that Ahmad and his immediate younger brother, Sagir Aminu, moved along with their father and his wife from Zoo Road to Farawa Arewa of Mariri, Kumbotso local government area of Kano State about ten years ago after the death of their mother.
Some of the neighbours, who spoke to our correspondent, confirmed that the victim was into drugs before his alleged solitary confinement about seven years ago.
His younger brother said, apart from being a drug addict, Ahmad was into ‘Daba’ and always engage in street fights that left him with several scars on his body.
He said as a result of Aliyu’s drug habit, his father took him to a rehabilitation centre with the aim to help him quit his drug habit.
Sagir claimed that his brother got sick at the rehabilitation centre and was brought home unable to walk about five years ago.
He said, after several attempts to secure him cure from the sickness, his father decided to confined his brother as he administer drugs on him.
Some of the neighbours, who were present when the victim was rescued by the police, said they had to shed tears because of the inhuman treatment that had been meted out on him while in confinement.
They said Aliyu, who was the coach of their childhood football team in the neigbourhood, had been reduced into a living skeleton with only skin covering his ‘almost visible bones.’
According to Malam Ya’u Yusuf: “I know him for about 10 years now; he used to be our football coach during our childhood days.
“He was very popular, agile and active coach before he ventured into drugs.
“From the time he started taking drugs, we cease to see him in the area until after some years we learnt that he had been returned home sick and unable to walk.”
Yusuf said he shed tears when he saw his once agile coach being bundled into a police van excessively skinny.
“On Wednesday, I was surprised when I saw him.
“He was excessively skinny, just a living skeleton of him was what I saw which suggests how inhumanly he had been treated,” he said.
Both Malam Dan’Azumi Musa and Adam Yakubu described Ahmad’s experience as very terrific, urging parents to always treat their children with the fear of God.