The girl is reported to be living with her parents in a rented apartment on Serebe Street, Abaranje, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.
According to PUNCH Metro They reportedly tied her up by the neck and legs for habitually running away from home, which they ascribed to mental illness. The parents had gone out on Wednesday and locked up the girl as usual. On that day, the landlord, Mr. Oladapo Olubajo, was said to have gone to the backyard, where the family's apartment is located, to check a pumping machine when he saw the girl.
The landlord alerted a resident, who reported the case to the police at the Ikotun division. The resident, who pleaded not to be known said, “The parents locked the girl up. She is about 14 years old. She was chained Unclad to the burglary inside the room by the neck and legs. Policemen came to rescue the girl. Her parents later turned themselves in at the station. They said the girl had been a disgrace to the family.”
The landlord, Olubajo, told Punch that he wanted to take up the matter with the parents, but some residents prevailed on him not to.
Olubajo said, “When I saw her chained to the burglar- proof bar, I raised the alarm. The police later got the parents to the station and interrogated them.
“The girl said she had been there for almost one month. Her parents moved here a year ago. I have noticed that their behaviour was odd. but I didn't know they could go to the extent of chaining their daughter.
“People begged me and the police eventually released the girl to them yesterday (Wednesday). The conclusion we reached is that I want them out of my house. They also claimed the girl is mentally ill. Even if she is mentally challenged, was that the right way to go about it? She could have killed herself.”
Onyeka's father,speaking with PUNCH Metro via telephone, said he and his wife meant no harm for the girl. He said: “She always runs away from home. That was why we chained her. I think she is mentally ill. We planned to take her to a hospital this month. As I speak now, she has fled home again.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case was under investigation.