The Lagos State Police Command at the weekend rescued 13 children and 15 adults chained and locked up by one Emmanuel Adeyemi, at the Oke-ira area of Ojodu, Lagos.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, acting on a tip off, had deployed operatives at the Area G Command Headquarters, to the scene.
Although the initial intelligence report was that a teenager was chained up in the house at Oyinbo Unity Estate, Olamidun Close, Yakoyo, Oke-Ira, Ojodu, subsequent search of the residence by the police revealed that 27 others apart from the 17-year-old Toba Adedoyin, who the police had gone to rescue.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, said: “The command received a report through Area ‘G’ Command Headquarters, Ogba that a child was chained in a house at Oyinbo Unity Estate, Olamidun Close, Yakoyo, Oke-Ira, Ojodu.
“Consequently, a team of policemen was mobilised to the location, where a teenager, named Toba Adedoyin ‘m’ aged 17years was found in a room with chain, on his legs. “The victim was allegedly chained by one Emmanuel Adeyemi ‘m’ who claimed to be his father, in order to restrain him from going out.
“Further search of the premises led to the discovery of other people chained by the suspect.
“A total number of 28 persons, comprising, six adult male, nine adult female, seven female children and six male children were rescued and taken to protective custody.
“Suspect has been arrested and currently undergoing interrogation as the command is working assiduously to get the root of the occurrence.”