Children confine father to room for 12 months over property


Lagos State Police Command 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, No. 47 Maria Okor Street, Bucknor area of the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed Saidat and Fatimo’s arrest on Wednesday after policemen attached to the Ejigbo Division accompanied by a member of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Abdulganiyu Salaudeen, stormed Jaji’s house on Tuesday to rescue him from the room where he was being held in captivity.

Adejobi stated that Saidat and Fatimo 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.

The septuagenarian was confined to a room in his house by his children, who suspected that he was making plans to sell his property.

To prevent the 77-year-old from carrying out his plan, his children allegedly instructed his maid to prevent visitors from having access to him, but when questions were being asked about Jaji’s whereabouts, the children reportedly claimed that they were keeping him safe from contracting COVID-19.

Salaudeen had said that the trouble started between Jaji and his family when a maid, identified simply as Adija, who was employed to cater for him and his wife, Rashidat, was fired by the children on the suspicion that she was having an illicit affair with their father.

Salaudeen said the children claimed that Jaji threatened to sell his property and to prevent him, they decided to lock him in a room on the pretext that he had lost his senses and was under a spell cast by Adija.

The children were said to have also seized Jaji’s phone to prevent him from contacting anyone, including Adija.

One of Jaji’s children, Titi, had denied the allegation of detaining their father, saying, “I don’t know why she (Adija) 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.”

Head of the family, Aliameen Onashokun, confirmed Jaji’s phone was seized to prevent him from contacting Adija, adding that the septuagenarian had disowned his wife and children because of her.

When Jaji was being rescued on Tuesday, he could be heard in a footage saying, “I want my freedom, but I want an undertaking that my children will not step into this house until I am dead. They should also take their mother to their place.”