Man keeps sister, mother of four locked up for two years

Nigerian police

Police in Kaduna have rescued a mother of four, Hassana Saleh, who was kept in solitary confinement for two years by her brother, Lawal, at Rigasa in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

Hassana was rescued on Tuesday by the police through the effort of a non-governmental organisation.


Lawal kept his sister locked up for two years because he opposed her proposed return to her ex-husband, founder of the Kaduna-based NGO, the Arrida Relief Foundation, Rabi Ibrahim, said.

“They, however, took the decision of locking her up in the room, because they felt they had no other option,” Ibrahim said.

He added that the victim would be given medical attention and called on well-meaning Nigerians to help.

Lawal, who is married to four wives with 41 children, claimed he locked up his sister for seven months.


“I was helpless and did not know what to do because Hassana kept running away. So, I decided to keep her in the room, because I could no longer foot the bills for her medication. Even the food to eat became a problem for me and my household,” he said.

Lawal added that two of his other sisters were in charge of cleaning the room where Hassana was kept.