A mother of eight has been rescued in Delta State after being locked u in a single room for more than 3 years.
She was reportedly locked up by her husband in Orerokpe, Delta State after her husband’s girlfriend accused her of being a witch.
While in captivity, her bricklayer husband would still sneak into the room to have s.e.x with her and in the process, she welcomed three children with those years.
It’s said she was only fed with bread.
She urinated and defecated in the same room throughout her ordeal.
The woman, who is simply identified as Gladys hails from Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area, Delta State, was rescued on Monday when residents in the community alerted Harrison Gwamnishu, a human rights activist and founder of Behind Bars Initiative, a non-governmental organization.
Before being locked up, she already bore him 5 children.
While sharing details on Faceboook, Gwamnishu wrote: “ACCUSED OF WITCHCRAFT AND CAGED FOR MORE THAN 3-YEARS IN OREROKPE, DELTA STATE.”
“We received this few hours ago and we are currently in Orerokpe for her full REHABILITATION and the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in this despicable act.
“All road leads to OREROKPE. CC Peter Mrakpor WARRI Aproko.”
“STORY: She spent the last four years of her life locked up by her supposed husband. She was peeing and defecating in the same room where he fed her bread. Not the regular sweetened bread though. She gave the said man 8 children, three of which she had while she was locked up by him in Orerokpe community.”
The woman has been taken to the hospital for necessary medical attention while her husband has been arrested.
The case is currently under investigation.
The woman, told neighbours after she had been taken to the hospital that the husband’s girlfriend had accused her of witchcraft and had asked him to lock her up.
She also said her husband told their children that they should wait for her to die so they will throw her dead body inside the river.
According to one Onome who spoke to TPCN on the phone on Tuesday, the neighbours reported the incident to the Divisional Police Station in the area, and that led to the man’s arrest.
“She gave the said man eight children, three of which she had while she was locked up by him in the community.
“I wasn’t told I was there. I saw with my eyes. The man told neighbours his wife was deceased.
“His children when they were interviewed said they were waiting for her to die so that they can throw her away in the river.
“In the four years she was locked up she had three children for him. She was taken to the general hospital in Orerokpe yesterday and is currently receiving treatment.
“As a woman I am pained and broken. I want to appeal on well-meaning individuals if you have an NGO that is into rehabilitation of women please reach out,” she said.
See more photos of the rescued wife dehumanising situation below: