32-year-old man in Kano locked up for 7 years by father, stepmother


A 32-year-old Kano man , Ahmad Aliyu who had been locked in a room by his father and stepmother for over seven years, has been rescued by police.

Aliyu, a resident of Farawa Babban Layi in Mariri quarters of Kumbotso local government area in Kano metropolis was rescued by police and human rights groups on Thursday evening.

The victim was chained and caged after accusing him of drug abuse by his parents.

Recall that some good Samaritans residing in the area alerted the police and human rights activists about Mr Aliyu’s situation. 

The video of the rescued kano man went viral on Friday morning in Kano, showing how the police rescued him from the cage put to him for 7 years by his parents. 


The parents of the rescued man were said to have been invited by the police for questioning. 


Residents and neighbours of the parents were put into shock when discovering the news of the lock up of their son. 


The Spokesman of the Kano Police Command, Mr Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed the incident. 


In a statement on Friday, Mr Kiyawa said the Command had received information on Thursday at about 11:30 pm that one Aminu Farawa had locked up his biological son, Ahmed Aminu of the same address inside his car garage within his house for about seven years without proper feeding and health care. 


“Team of Operation Puff-Adder was raised and immediately swung in to action. The victim was rescued and rushed to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital Kano and admitted. 


“The father was arrested. Preliminary investigations revealed that the father confessed  to have locked-up the victim for three years on allegation of suspected Drug-Abuse. However, the Command’s Commissioner of Police *CP Habu A. Sani, PSC ordered the Case be transferred to State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) for Discreet Investigations,” he said in the statement. 


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