regained her freedom, four days after being allegedly abducted for the
purpose of forcing her into a marriage.
Academy Secondary School, Gashua, is a daughter of a former Secretary of
the Christian Association of Nigeria.
Foundation, which blew the lid off the alleged plot to force the
teenager into marriage, had vowed that it would pursue the case till the
girl was released.
Lipdo, had then appealed to the relevant authorities “to step in and
help this poor woman who has been nursing her sick husband for the past
Dadi, should be released to us. But we signed an undertaking that she
should not be punished. We have just left the Emir’s palace. I will call
you later to give you the details.”
Christian community and Evangelical Church Winning All in the Bade Local
Government Area of Yobe State had been thrown into confusion, following
the abduction of the teenager.
Commander, Joseph Aloefuna, confirmed that the case was brought to his
knowledge by the Gashua Divisional Police Officer.
insisted on marrying the girl (Hauwa). They are in the same school. The
matter was reported to the school management and the boy was punished
and warned to stop harassing the girl.
boy was the prime suspect. The boy was arrested but claimed that the
girl ran to the Emir’s palace because she wanted to convert to Islam.
the Chief Imam said the girl was scared but he was asked to take her to
the welfare officials instead of keeping her in his custody.
concerned. The Chief Imam said there was going to be a meeting on the
matter,” Aloefuna explained.
girl, Deborah, had, in an interview, given a detailed account of how the
abduction plot was perfected.
meeting in ECWA Church, Gashua. Her twin brother, Zachariah, took
wheelbarrow to fetch water for us. My daughter removed her uniform, put
on her personal clothes and left. When one of her sisters asked her
where she was going, Hauwa said she was going to fetch water with
Zachariah and disappeared.
one boy who claimed to love her and wanted to marry her. He told her to
convert to Islam.”
for her daughter in the area, she heard that she had been abducted by
her neighbours and was taken to the Imam of Gashua, Babu Alkali Mamman.
police command, he pleaded to be allowed to take the Jumma’at prayers
before coming but he never came.
asked to come back, but on reaching there at 4pm, she was neither given
her daughter nor allowed to see the Emir again.