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Joy Emmanuel, a 12-year-old girl, was rescued by police in Sokoto state after being locked up for eight months by her parents, Bassey and Esther Emmanuel, at their home in the Sokoto Cinema section of Sokoto North Local Government Area.

It was reported that Joy was caged and denied food because of her mental instability. Joy Emmanuel was rescued, according to the state police command’s spokesman, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, who also said the suspects were apprehended and detained at the Dadin Kowa police station.

“They kept the girl in a cage at their compound and starved her of food for eight months.

When our men broke the door of the cage, the girl was too frail to walk because she was emaciated. We met her in a very horrible situation, urinating and excreting inside the cage.

The girl was taken to the specialist’s hospital for treatment,” he said.

According to Abubakar, the victim and perpetrators will be turned over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP).

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