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Man locks wife inside cage for 4 years on witchcraft suspicion

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By Ajuwa Victor, Asaba

A 41-year-old man identified as Ame Edjeketa has been arrested for allegedly locking his wife in a makeshift cage for four years in their residence at Orerokpe, Okpe local government area of Delta state. The victim, it was gathered, had her three children in that captive state.

Orient Weekend gathered that the mother of three, identified as Gladys, was kept in a cage over suspicion that she engaged in witchcraft. However, she regained her freedom on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, following an intervention from a civil society group, Behind Bars Initiative.

The founder of the group, Mr Emefiela Harrison Gwamishuu disclosed that the victim, who hails from Ozoro, married her husband, Ame Edjeketa, an indigene of Orerokpe.

According to him, the suspect and his family members accused the victim of being a witch after which they locked her up in a makeshift cage in their residence since 2016.

“Despite accusing the woman of being a witch, the husband on several occasions made way into the cage where she was left to die to have sex with her. She had three of their children while she was in the cage”.

Due to the bad state of victim, it was gathered that she was taken to General hospital in Orerokpe for treatment.

When contacted police public relations officer, PPRO, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, about the incident. She said “The story is true. We questioned the man and he said his wife was not mentally challenged.

He told the Police that he had earlier taken her to her family members who rejected her after which he decided to care for her. “We have arrested him and he is currently in police custody” Onome stated.

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