A mentally retarded woman residing in a bush, with her two children who attend State of Osun Elementary government school having been rescued alongside her children.
The woman identified as Iya Segun was noticed living inside the bush behind Obafemi Awolowo University distance learning campus at Moro,via Ile-Ife by a good Samaritan who reported it during a children live programme on child abuse on a radio.
The issue was brought to the attention of the Welfare department of the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, and the ministry went into action by notifying the police in the zone to extract the woman and her children out of the bush.
The good Samaritan said that he always noticed the children coming out of the bush every morning, then decided to monitor them and was amazed at the discovery, hence the reportage.
The woman at interrogation by the Divisional Police Officer of Ipetumodu Police Station which was the nearest to the place made incoherent speech and behavior.
Police sources say investigation brought forth a woman who claimed to be the cousin of Iya segun, who stated that they have tried all their best to assist her all to no avail.
The children named Deji aged 12-years, and Ojo aged 5-years were thereafter settled in an Orphanage home by the government and their mother taken to the Rehabilitation home of the Special Needs department of the ministry.
The Headmistress of the Elementary government school where the children attend, stated that the children are intelligent and well behaved despite their situation.
She stated that the children never gave a hint of their predicament, and that no one knows that they live in a bush with their mother in such condition.
The Press Officer of the ministry, Abisola Ariwodola appreciated the good spirit of the said man for being observant and by reporting the issue through the appropriate channels.
“The state government is on top of the situation with the provision of manpower and facility to rehabilitate the victims appropriately.
Abisola Ariwodola called on Osun residents to be vigilant, as well as be their brothers’ keeper in issues concerning women and children by reporting any matter which demands urgent attention to the ministry.
Source: Time News