A young boy was allegedly tied to a pole in an animal shed and left to eat goat feed and his own poo for two years as his family lived in comfort.
The 10-year-old reportedly lived among goats and chicken as his dad and two step-mothers, along with 17 siblings, lived comfortably in a home.
Jibril Aliyu was reportedly chained to a wooden pole in the Badariya area of Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria.
After a tip off, the young boy was rescued by human rights lawyers, according to the BBC.
Hamza Attahiru, a lead rescuer in the team, revealed the boy had been living in the horrific conditions following the death of his mum two years ago.
Jibril is currently in intensive care at the Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital in Birnin Kebbi and his dad and stepmothers are said to have been arrested.
DSP Nafi'u Abubakar, a spokesman for the rescue team, said the arrests were made after the boy was discovered on Sunday.
An adult brother of Jibril said he had epilepsy and was chained to the post during daylight hours to prevent him going missing, reports Sun Nigeria.
The elder sibling insisted he had sold his own house and car so that the family could afford Jibrin's epilepsy treatment.
Governor of Kebbi state Abubakar Bagudu has ordered a full investigation into the circumstances.
Video of the human rights team and police rescuing Jibrin has gone viral on social media.
In footage and photos taken at the scene Jibril looks extremely gaunt and naked except for a tatty orange top.
Though in one snap taken in hospital, he is seen smiling.
Angry Twitter users voiced their outrage towards the alleged ordeal.
One wrote: "Everyone in that compound should be arrested. Is there no punishment for this in Sharia law? These are the people that deserve death sentences."
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