14-year-old Girl Tortured, Chained By Her Guardian [PHOTOS]

A 14-year-old teenager has
reportedly escaped torture and abuse from her guardian in Adamawa State.
The minor, Hajjati Umar, from
Yobe State was said to have escaped from her guardian’s home, Sunday, where she
was reportedly being held, tortured and abused.
Pictures showed bloody prints of cables used as a whip all over her back as well
as bruises on her leg where she was reportedly tied up and chained.
Hajjati had been reportedly tied
and locked in the house by her guardian since Saturday.
The guardian allegedly accused
Hajjati of stealing N9,000. Hajjati escaped on Sunday morning using a knife to
cut loose the rope used to tie her.
Hajjati hails from Wafango, a
village between Ribadu and Fufore in Yobe State. She was brought to Yola,
Adamawa State, with the consent of her parents to stay with her relatives, and
assist them with domestic work.
Fadimatu Bindir, Hajjati’s
guardian who lives in Yola town, Adamawa State, had taken Hajjati into custody
since she was 10.
A human rights activist, Mustapha
Atiku, who took in Hajjati at the time of her escape confirmed that she was,
“beaten, tortured and abused by her guardian.”

Mr. Atiku said blood was gushing
from Hajjati’s back ceaselessly as a result of beatings she received from the
use of cables. He added that though the wounds would heal they would leave
permanent marks on her back.
IMG-20171231-WA0010Teenage girl allegedly tortured, chained by guardian.
“Little Hajjati asked us to take
her to her parents at Wafango as she can no longer put up with the brutal
distant relatives. Even though her parents running from their responsibilities
are supporting the brutality.
“For those of us on this platform
from Wafango, her father’s name is Umar but he is popularly called Iya and her
mother is known as Hapsatu but popularly called Hairiya.
“The minor informed me that, in
the presence of her parents, the distant relatives informed her that, she would
be sleeping on bare tiles, as it’s even forbidden for her to sleep on the
carpet,” he said.
Mr. Atiku said Hajjati has been taken to the
Divisional Police Headquarters, Yola, where the DPO removed the chain on her
PREMIUM TIMES initially learnt
that efforts to reach the guardian by the police proved abortive as she was not
PREMIUM TIMES also later placed a
call to the guardian but someone else picked speaking in Hausa language. She
said said the suspect had left her phone to charge.
 Teenage girl allegedly tortured, chained by guardian.Teenage girl allegedly tortured, chained by guardian.
The reporter at the time of
filing report learnt that while the victim has been admitted at the hospital.
The guardian is now in the
custody of the police and the teenager in a hospital.
The police spokesperson in the
state, Othman Abubakar, said he has not been briefed on the matter.

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