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Why some Nigerian families lock up children and the mentally ill

A spate of cases in which people have been rescued after being locked up for many years by their families has shocked Nigerians, and shone a spotlight on both parental neglect and...

Some adults, said to be mentally ill, were found with iron chains around their ankles, and forced to eat, sleep and defecate within the same confined place.

  • Nduka Orjinmo & Salihu Adamu
  • BBC

In one case, a 32-year-old man was chained up for at least seven years in his parents’ garage in north-western Kano state.

There have also been reports of children being treated violently while under the care of step-mothers or relatives.

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