Operatives of the Ekiti State police command, on Monday, rescued two-year-old twin babies who were locked up in a room by their mother for three days.
In a statement, the command’s spokesperson, Sunday Abutu, said the incident happened in Igbara-Odo, Ekiti South-West Local Government Area of the state.
Abutu said the command acted on a distress call by a good Samaritan at about 9:45 pm to rescue the babies who had gone without food for three days.
He said a lady, who was later identified as Joy Fatoba locked up her twin babies in her room and even threatened to kill them should anyone compel her to open the door.
According to him, the Command’s Rapid Response Squad, upon the receipt of the information, “tactically” rescued the two kids.
Fatoba, upon interrogation, narrated that the father of her kids left her for Calabar during pregnancy and had refused to return to take care of her and the kids till date.
“She told her interrogator that she could no longer fend for herself and her two kids recently because her hairdressing work started failing,” Abutu added.
The police spokesperson said the two-year-old kids appeared unhealthy when they were rescued and could neither walk nor stand on their own due to dehydration and poor nutrition.
He said the twins were immediately rushed to the hospital for medical examination and treatment.
Abutu said the command would ensure the safety of the kids and their mother and that investigation to unravel the circumstances of the incident had already commenced.
He used the opportunity to extend the command’s appreciation to the good Samaritan for volunteering the useful and timely information that led to the rescuing of the babies.
Abutu enjoined the residents to always and quickly draw the attention of the nearest police station to any suspicious happenings in their locality or call 08062335577.