The Ondo State Police Command has arrested a 28-year-old woman, Mary Matthew, for allegedly locking away a four-year-old foster daughter in a kiosk in the bush for over five months in Imafon Village area.
According to the suspect who is a relative of the girl’s mother, the victim, Precious Michael was caged because she had witchcraft and was infected with HIV.
She said, “When we got to the village, we saw the girl with a swollen body. She was holding a loaf of bread. She had defecated on her body inside the cage where she was kept in the bush. They didn’t allow her to come out to live with them. They gave her food and water inside the cage.
“When we asked Mary about the condition of the girl, she told us that Precious’ mother died of HIV in Enugu state and she discovered that she (Precious) had been infected with HIV by her deceased mother. She said she did not want Precious to infect her own children and that was why she kept her in the cage.”
Ojumu said Precious was taken to the police clinic after her rescue. it was also gathered that Ojumu donated blood to the victim.
Precious said, “They said I am a witch and I have HIV. They put me outside.”