Police arrest children of landlord detained over Lagos property

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Police in Lagos have arrested Saidat Kazeem and Fatimo Onakoya for allegedly conspiring with other family members to detain their father Surajudeen Jaji in a room for 12 months at his residence in Ejigbo area.

Lagos police spokesman Muyiwa Adejobi confirmed the arrest of the duo to PUNCH on Wednesday.

A member of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights Abdulganiyu Salaudeen accompanied policemen who on Tuesday rescued Mr Jaji, 77, from the room where he was being held in captivity.

The spokesman said the duo would be transferred to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department, Panti, Yaba for discreet investigation while efforts were being made to apprehend their accomplices.

Jaji was confined to a room in his house at No. 47 Maria Okor Street, Bucknor area after his children suspected he was making plans to sell his property.

It was gathered that Jaji’s troubles began after his family employed a maid named Adija to look after him and his wife Rashidat.

The family sacked Adija months after employing her, accusing her of seducing Jaji into wanting to sell off his property.

During his reported confinement, Jaji’s phone was seized by the family for fear he would keep contacting Adija. The children reportedly told anyone who cared to ask that they were keeping their father safe from contracting COVID-19.

One of Jaji’s children Titi told PUNCH: “We said we don’t want her (Adija’s) services again and I don’t know why she is making false accusations to different people that we locked up our father. Why will we do such a thing to our father? And why is Adija particular about our father? Our mum is also staying in the same house.”