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Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by crownwealth: 4:16am On Mar 16, 2016
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have rescued three teenage girls, who were abducted in Bauchi State and forcefully converted to Islam.

The Prison Inmate Development Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, handling the matter, told one of our correspondents that the girls were handed over to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 12, Bauchi, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, on Tuesday, by the Shari’ah Commission in the state.

SUNDAY PUNCH had reported on March 6, 2016, that Blessing Gopep, 13, was abducted by two men identified as Iliya and Umaru, both living in Alkaleri, Bauchi State.

Blessing and her friend, Mary, were on their way back to Jos after spending their holidays with Blessing’s uncle in Bauchi in August, 2015.

Her father had said Blessing and Mary had gone to the Alkaleri motor park, and while they waited on the bus for other passengers, two men, identified as Iliya and Umaru, arrived at the park on a motorcycle and abducted Blessing.

On November 19, Linda Christopher was abducted by one Mallam Shagari in Tarsha Durumi village, while Progress Jacob, 13, was abducted by Mallam Musa in the Yelwa, Sabon Kaura area, both in Bauchi State, on her way back from church on January 3.

According to Ms. Gobet, Progress’ aunt, the teenager went to church on the morning of January 3, 2016 and did not return when the church was presumed to have closed at about 10.30am.

She was allegedly abducted in the Yelwa, Sabon Kaura Area of Bauchi State by one Mallam Musa on her way back from church, which is said to be a few metres away from her aunt’s residence.


The distressed aunt said she reported the case to the traditional ruler (Seriki) of Sabon Kaura as well as the Yelwa Police Station, which only took her statement and directed her to inform them when she found Progress.

She added that all efforts to locate the ‘missing’ girl proved abortive until a letter was delivered to her from the Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission, informing her of Progress’ conversion to Islam.

Sixteen-year-old Linda, a secondary school pupil in Enugu, was seen with one Mallam Shagari at Tarsha Durumi village in Bauchi State on November 19, 2015.

It was learnt that Linda had left Enugu four days earlier to join her parents, who lived in the Katanga Giwa village of Bauchi.

Her parents were notified of her whereabouts by a kinsman, who knew the family.

Just like the Jacobs, her parents got a letter from the Shari’a commission, notifying them of their daughter’s custody and her conversion to Islam.

SUNDAY PUNCH had reported the failure of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to rescue the girls one week after the newspaper had reported the abduction.

The Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Police Command, Mr. Baba Tijjani, confirmed the release of the girls in an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday.

Tijjani stated, “The girls have been released. They were not held by the Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission; they volunteered to become Muslims on their own and reported themselves to the Da’awah & Islamic Education Department, which took them to the Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission.

“Now, they have been produced. Progress Jacob and Linda Christopher have been released to their parents while Blessing Gopep’s parents have been told to come tomorrow (Wednesday) and they will go home with their daughter.”

When asked if the case would be treated as a criminal case and the culprits prosecuted, the police commissioner said, “We just released the girls to their parents. The investigations are still ongoing and we will come out with the details after the investigations.”

The Executive Director, PIDI, Mr. Mbami Sabka, who also confirmed the rescue to The PUNCH on the telephone on Tuesday, said he was glad that effort to rescue the girls was not wasted.

He added that this was the beginning of the release of more child brides.

Sabka said, “I am extremely grateful to PUNCH newspapers for their help. We hope that other perpetrators would learn from this. We, as an NGO, won’t stop at this; we will continue the fight for the release of child brides. An end must be put to this illegal act.

“The police have asked the Shari’ah Commission to bring the abductors involved because the girls didn’t walk to the commission by themselves; someone brought them.”


Blessing’s father, who couldn’t contain his excitement while speaking on the telephone, said he was very happy to have his daughter back.

He said, “I have waited so long for this day to come; it has been my only wish. I just want to thank God for bringing my daughter back to us. I am extremely happy; words fail me to express myself. I also want to thank PUNCH newspapers for their help.”

Blessing’s sister, Happiness, said since receiving the news, she had been restless.

“I’m boarding a bus first thing tomorrow to Bauchi. I can’t wait to see my sister,” she stated.

Jacob, who is Progress’ father, stated that he was happy to see his daughter again.

He thanked everyone that helped in his daughter’s release.

He added, “I have informed everyone in the village about her release; they are all expecting us. We are with the Commissioner of Police in Bauchi State. My daughter, Progress, is fine but we are a bit worried about her condition.

“She was asked to identify us as her parents and she did so by pointing at us but she did not speak to us. She only shook her head or nodded to questions.

She confirmed she was not sexually molested by anyone. The commissioner said she would be released to us when the medical examination has been concluded.”

Linda’s mother, Mrs. Onah, added, “She looks fine but we have not spoken to each other yet, although we sat together today. We were told the girls were released because they were not up to 18 years old and could not make decisions on their own.

“They are undergoing medical examinations as we speak and we heard the results will be released after three days. I am happy to see my daughter again.”

PIDI had written letters to the state Commissioner of Police and the National Human Rights Commission but got no response before taking the cases to Amnesty International.

SUNDAY PUNCH’s campaign on the abduction of 14-year-old Ese Oruru from Bayelsa State on February 28 had led to her release within 48 hours from her captivity in the Tofa area of Kano State.

The #FreeEse campaign, launched by PUNCH, had led to Ese’s release and return to Yenagoa, while her abductor, Yunusa Dahiru, aka Yellow, is currently facing trial in the Bayelsa State capital.


http://www.punchng.com/police-rescue-three-stolen-bauchi-girls/

Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by adeboizy11(m): 4:19am On Mar 16, 2016
Good for them

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by crownwealth: 4:23am On Mar 16, 2016
Nigerians na so we go dey ?

Please is their any difference between these abductions and that of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram

Where is Hell-rufai? this is where you should channel your energy by enacting a law that criminalize forceful abduction and conversion of Christian girls by your fellow pedophiles.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by correctyourself(m): 5:25am On Mar 16, 2016
Nigeria Government should wake-up and treat these people as a criminal because they share the same ideal with that of chibok girls, if something is not done a time would come when a south-south man will not want to see any hausa muslim in his village/community for fear of abduction.

Also, the activities of this shariah commission should be looked into to ascertain if it believe/understand Nigeria Constitution.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by crownwealth: 5:55am On Mar 16, 2016
correctyourself:
Nigeria Government should wake-up and treat these people as a criminal because they share the same ideal with that of chibok gils, if something is not done a time would come when a south-south man will not want to see any hausa muslim in his village/community for fear of abduction.

Also, the activities of this shariah commission should be looked into to ascertain if it believe/understand Nigeria Constitution.


It's high time we stopped this babaric act.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by ifyan(m): 5:57am On Mar 16, 2016
Tomorrow somebody will scream that the north is free from most social and economic vices. Because of underground job.

Not even that they do this openly but because of their nature the media wouldn't report it.

Thank God that media and everyone are now clever to see the reality.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by ifyan(m): 5:58am On Mar 16, 2016
Fear North remember.

Don't be fooled

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by peacengine(m): 6:15am On Mar 16, 2016
They claim to have a large population, yet they kidnap our girls, what happened to your own females? Are they so despicable?

Thank God for these families

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Lilimax(f): 7:49am On Mar 16, 2016
This evil sect with their forceful conversion to Islam is on the Increase.
Very soon they will be shouting that there is no compulsion in religion undecided
Btw, this CANCER is spreading maliciously... and it seems that one of there evil plans is converting Christian girls to Sex Slaves for those there dirty stinking smelling Alhajis tongue.

One thing I know is that Jesus Christ is watching them and will surely visit them in His anger except they repent and accept Christsad
Evil and darkness can never overshadow the Light of God which is in Christ Jesus.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by resty4(m): 8:05am On Mar 16, 2016
Islam! No good news from it - na jahad n blood shedg, terrorism, abductn n sexual abuse of teneeagers,force conversn n marriage, suicide bombg n massacrg of incent masses, destructn of churches n impositn of dya belièfs on non muslim,denial of apptm, admsn, etc. Islam eh!

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by crownwealth: 9:28am On Mar 16, 2016
Lalasticlala, we need Nigerian police to rescue the remaining girls in the enclave of religious fanatics.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by noeloge82(m): 9:55am On Mar 16, 2016
Sorry I don't understand ur Good for them, is Good for them that they were kidnapped or good for them that they were Rescued"
adeboizy11:
Good for them

This issue of kidnapping and forcefully conversion to another religion is not a healthy development for the nation I think this country s legally system should put a stop to this and make someone example for the others to learn cos I know there is freedom of Association , religion and movement in our dear constitution

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by TippyTop(m): 10:12am On Mar 16, 2016
We warned you people that there was going to be an Islamic agenda, am only surprised it took APC this long.
Our daughters are not safe as long as
Bubu supports female abduction, the poor Fulani men are only trying to convert the infidels.

This is just the beginning.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Etizz: 10:13am On Mar 16, 2016
Wait first oh.......


Na by force to join Islam??


Beside, why girls??


There is something behind this forceful conversion...

These guys are up to something..

They should be tagged terrorist.....

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by iamDreezzy(m): 10:13am On Mar 16, 2016
Well there is no compultion in ISLAM...I wonder where this culprits got their own ideolody and methods from.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Mutuwa(m): 10:13am On Mar 16, 2016
Another one

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Critiqual(m): 10:13am On Mar 16, 2016
Wish all abductors & intending abductors can just die at once, today.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by SeverusSnape(m): 10:13am On Mar 16, 2016
Progressive01 aka omenka will defend this. Just watch and see.

These Mohammedans have an agenda no doubt.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Roidatom(m): 10:13am On Mar 16, 2016
Again

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Beehshorp(m): 10:13am On Mar 16, 2016
Thank God Ese Oruru's case has brought up up this awareness... This act is barbaric and all the perpetrators should be killed without trial...
How I wish we can make Donald Trump our president

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by bonganee: 10:14am On Mar 16, 2016
Why is Islam always forcefully converting people

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Houseofglam7(f): 10:14am On Mar 16, 2016
This is sickening!!!!


Why kidnap a girl and force her to convert to Islam?


Na so women don scarce

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by zainabxel(f): 10:14am On Mar 16, 2016
One amiskurie was complaining bitterly of hypocrisy by christian southerners because they bashed the northern muslims on social media due to Ese's case, but I wonder, how the northern muslims would have reacted if the case were reversed...for example one Emeka elopes with one Halima from Kano, and then converts her to christianity

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by zainabxel(f): 10:14am On Mar 16, 2016
Wow
Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Shehucom(m): 10:14am On Mar 16, 2016
Don't get me wrong NLanders, am not in any way defending any illicit act. I just want us to take things carefully and judge wisely

One thing is certain, threads like this would Everly make front page on naira land since the unfortunate case of miss Ese. But how many of such cases has been confirmed to be true after Ese's case. What remains of the story about a girl that was allegedly forcefully converted and taken to sokoto??

My point is, any jobless journalist could just sit down and paint a scenario and sell it to us and we buy it hook line and sinker.

All these are aimed at denting the image of Islam. I know several nairalanders have already taken the bait, and it has manifested in their attack of Islam.

I hope and pray the next civil war won't be caused by media and unprofessional journalism

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by olapluto(m): 10:15am On Mar 16, 2016
bonganee:
Why is Islam always forcefully converting people

Why are pastors forcefully raping girls all over the country?
Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by frinx: 10:15am On Mar 16, 2016
The president would not address this new developments which are gaining traction in the country now. If this had been from the south he would have heard otherwise.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Nobody: 10:15am On Mar 16, 2016
Hmmmmm
Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Lordtrillion(m): 10:16am On Mar 16, 2016
Hmmm, which way Naija

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by omusiliyu(m): 10:16am On Mar 16, 2016
Part of change Buhari promised us.

Buhari and Northern Emirs tell their youths (boys) to proselytize Igbo girls. They promised them 1/2 plot of land and #500,000.

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Re: Police Rescues Kidnapped Bauchi Girls Forcefully Converted To Islam by Roidatom(m): 10:16am On Mar 16, 2016
Again?
What happens if Christians also begin to convert muslim girls to Christianity? Or are they facing scarcity of muslim girls? undecided

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