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Couple keeps 20-year-old Idoma boy in captivity for months in Lagos

Written By Idoma Television on Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 1:09:00 AM

The Police at Ikotun Division have rescued a 20-year-old victim, Godspower Otache, allegedly kept in captivity for several months by a couple, identified as Mr Dio Ochepo and Mrs Ene Ochepo.
It was learned that the incident occurred at 4, Aro-Oloye street, off Better Life bus stop, Abaranje, Ikotun where the couple reside.

According to police, the couple went to their home town in Benue State and brought Godspower Otache to Lagos under the false pretence of assisting him because he came from a poor home. It was learned that they promised his parents that they will assist them to train the victim and send him to school to be educated.
But after he was brought to Lagos, the police said the couple allegedly turned him into a slave.

Vanguard reports that the victim was subjected to all sorts of inhuman treatment, constant beating and torture, as he was not allowed to go to school or move out of their apartment. He allegedly worked from morning till night without proper feeding.

This did not go down well with the residents who also noticed that the victim was not allowed to have any contact with his family and the neighbours.

It was learned that it was their neighbours who informed the Police about Otache’s condition.
The Police subsequently arrested the couple, rescued the victim and took them to the station.

The man and his wife were charged with human trafficking before a Magistrate’s Court sitting at Ejigbo.
One of the charges read; “that the couple did unlawfully convey, induce Godspower Otache in order to possess, deal, trade and place him in servitude against his will and thereby committed criminal offence of felony.”

The couple was also charged with assault of inflicting several body injuries on the victim, thereby committing a criminal offence.
They pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of felony, slavery and assault under the Criminal Code.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs J. O. E. Adeyemi, granted them bail with two sureties in like sum.

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