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Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by JosEast(m): 6:16am On Jan 17, 2021
In recent years, children from Kano State were kidnapped and sold to willing buyers in the southern part of the country. Some of the victims who were rescued by the police shared their experiences when they were reunited with their families.

This week, seven more children purportedly abducted from Kano and sold to other parts of the country were uncovered. The first nine children were found in October 2019.

There have been several hues and cries about children missing from the state; hence several pressure groups were set up to ensure their return.

Finally, government set up a commission mandated to ensure the safe return of all the missing children in the state.

The chairman of Kano Missing Children Forum, Comrade Ismail Ibrahim Mohammed, said from their available records, no fewer than 118 children were still missing.

“We got the first set of children after we contributed money to sponsor the police.

“They went and got 10 back; but they told us that they could have done more if they had stayed longer in the areas they visited because they believed many missing children were still there.

“Our plea to the government is to provide funds to that police team to revisit the area, but nothing is being done.

“We have reached out to the National Assembly, but nothing is happening about our case. And northern elders are still silent.

“Concerned stakeholders must rise to ensure the return of other children still missing,’’ he said.

He said five of the seven children in the second batch had since been identified by their parents.

He revealed that the team was at two orphanage homes in Anambra State, precisely in Onitsha, Awka and Ogidi.

“We didn’t come with the children; we took their pictures and sent to our members, and five of them have so far been identified.

“They were handed over by the state commissioner of police, who also told us that 12 children were taken by the Gombe State Government, out of which four have so far been reunited with their parents.

“We shall move to Gombe to ascertain if the remaining 8 are ours. As I am talking to you, we found that some children are also in Port Harcourt,’’ he added.

The commissioner for information in Kano State, Muhammad Garba, said government was concerned about the situation and would do everything possible to reunite the children with their biological parents.

Mothers’ protest

Recently, some mothers in Kano State staged a protest, accusing the committee set up by the government of not doing enough on the case.

During the protest, the spokesperson of the mothers, Zainab Abdullahi Giginyu had said, “We are disturbed over the incident.

“Over the years, we have been complaining, but the government has remained adamant over our plight.

“We want them to do the needful and return our children.’’

She said most of the children were from Hotoro, Kawo, Yankaba and Gama areas of the state.

Our correspondent learnt that some of the children who were recently recovered in the first batch and reunited with their parents were facing stigmatisation, discrimination and difficulty in assimilation since their return to Kano a year after their abduction.

It was said that they have been disconnected from northern tradition, and some of them had already adopted Igbo names and could barely speak Hausa language.

Some of the children admitted that others still laugh at them in school and avoid them.

Umar Faruk, who spent five years with his foster parents in Amanbra State said, “Even though I now speak Hausa, my intonation makes them laugh at me. Sometimes they don’t want to play and associate with me.

“They see me as a Christian and don’t want to associate with me, but with time, it began to change.

“I eat tuwo (local delicacy) now and feel free with people.’’

The now 12-year-old Faruk, who had adopted Onyedika Ogbodo as his name, said one Paul took him to Onitsha after another one called Emma got him cheese balls before Aunty Ebere came and took him.

When he returned last year, Faruk could not recall the name of his biological father nor identify other relatives.

He was in Primary Four in Onitsha before he was rescued.

An alien

For Umar’s father, Ibrahim Salisu, from the beginning, many people saw his son as an alien and didn’t want to associate with him.

“It was a difficult period for us. He doesn’t understand the culture and norms of the people, a situation that makes many people avoid him.

“For now, one major issue has to do with our ability to sustain the lifestyle he was introduced to. We are poor and can’t seem to meet up. But we are trying to do our best,’’ he said.

Aisha Muhammad, another rescued child said, “Children have now stopped laughing at me; and I am fast forgetting the Igbo language.

“It was difficult in the beginning because I didn’t have friends or people wanting to associate with me.

“I became a reference point, for whatever reasons.’’

Aisha, who just returned from an Islamiyya school in the evening when our correspondent visited her house said, “I have a new life and don’t seem to recollect what happened.

“I have forgotten their ways of life and moved on.’’

For her father, Muahmmad Yankaba, “From the beginning of last year when we received her from the authorities, it was very difficult for her to mix up. We intensified prayers, and gradually, she began to associate freely.

“Her siblings also helped out a lot.’’

Usman Mohammed, another rescued boy and the first that blew the lid when security operatives stormed their school in Amanbra said, “I have new friends now and happy to be back with my family ‘’

Our correspondent gathered that when the security operatives from Kano stormed their school, Mohammad was heard reciting verses from the Quran; hence their attention was drawn and they started making enquiries.

Subsequently, he stood up and said his name was Usman from Sauna community in Kano.

The teacher was arrested immediately, after which six others were uncovered from the school.

Usman’s father, Mohammad Ali said, “It was a very difficult situation, but thank God we got them back. He was not himself.

“He went through serious health challenges upon his return, but gradually, his senses began to return and he is now fully integrated into the family and community.’’

The suspects

Already, eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping and trafficking of the children.

They are facing trial in two different courts. In one of the cases, the prime suspect, Paul Onwe, has owned up to 38 charges against him and set for judgement.

Onwe and his wife, Mercy, were arrested in the process of moving one of their victims, Haruna Sagir Bako to Onitsha on September 11, 2019.

He was abducted on his way home from an Islamiyya school at Yankaba Quarters in Kano metropolis.

Others arrested include Emmanuel Igwe, Ebere Ogbodo, Louisa Duru and Monica Orachaa.

During interrogation, Onwe confessed to have conspired with others to kidnap various children from areas like Sauna, Kwanar Jaba, Kawo, Hotoro, Yankaba and Dakata, all within the Kano metropolis.

When he was paraded last year, Onwe disclosed that he had realised over N2million from the illicit business and moved seven children to Anambra State within five years.

He said he earned N200,000 on each child.

Onwe, who hails from Ebonyi State and had lived in Kano since 1998 as an artisan, added that Emmanuel Igwe, one of the suspects paraded by the police, introduced him to kidnapping.

He said, “Igwe told me that Madam Ebere Ogbodo, who was a restaurateur, needed a child because she didn’t have any.

“Subsequently, I told my madam and she started searching. The children I kidnapped are seven in number.

“For the first one, who was two years old then, she gave me N150,000. I took that one from Brigade, Kwanar Jaba side.’’

He said Madam Ebere paid N200,000 for subsequent supplies.

Also, Ebere Ogbodo, an alleged buyer, said that Emmanuel Igwe introduced her to Onwe, who was based in Kano.

She said Igwe told her that his friend’s wife worked in a motherless babies’ home; hence she accepted the supplies from them.

She added that she bought the kids to raise them because she had no child of her own.

“I am a childless woman from Enugu State.

“I was crying because my husband sent me out when I met Emma and I told him about my problem, he said he had a brother whose wife was working in a motherless babies’ home.

“He connected Paul with me and he told me that the children were brought from a motherless babies’ home.

“I put them in school. I bought two of them at N200,000,” Mrs Ogbodo confessed.


Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by agulion: 6:43am On Jan 17, 2021
Fake news, Nigeria is the best country in Africa and such a thing can not happen

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Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by gaius01(m): 7:12am On Jan 17, 2021

So pathetic, thank God some where found. I pray other would be found too.

But on the other hand,

Why is it that child trafficking is very easy in the North?

The answer is simple, ' religion makes them born 9+ and how on earth can they look after those kids. Mind you this not the olden days, this days people are bad. Some parents are complaining that they can't control 3 kids, talkless of 9+.

I disagree when they said that, they were stolen when coming back from islamiya school. They should have said, 'Hawking'. Islamiya school that they will be going home in group. I know things could happen. but honestly,

In the North, a 3,4,5,6 years kids are Hawking around the streets. Does the parents knows the Street/area they enter??

If you misplaced something, when any body steals it don't blame them, blame ya self. You know thief are looking for misplaced things to steal and you misplaced yours still.

You are a mumu man!


Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by zeusdgrt(m): 7:16am On Jan 17, 2021
I see
Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by Dpharisee: 7:16am On Jan 17, 2021
In reality some of these abducted kids from Kano were released by their parents for a better life in the South and they know where to find the foster parents,
Some poor parents who can't take care of the several kids they have and instead of sending them into a life of almajirism give them out to traders and families who come from the South to cater and raise for them (sometimes through the wrong adoption channels)

The major concern of some of the 'activists' spinning the story and trying hard to castigate a section of the country is that they are being converted to Christianity albeit by the Inyamiri.

Some of these foster families in the South who are mostly Christians even register the kids in local mosques that's why the police found the boy reciting the Koran but it's difficult to sustain that because children love fun which they can get in their foster parents churches with singing and dancing compared to the mosque where they could be flogged for not properly reciting the Koran.

The kids have experienced quality life in the South only to be returned to a life of uncertainty and from the looks on some of their parents faces it's like 'did I ask you to bring him back for me?' some will prefer to return them to the foster families in the South for a better future instead of watching them starve.

Foster parenting should be fully legalised like in other countries to stop these issues of abduction and also separate the child traffickers.
It will help in national integration too

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Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by ATEAMS: 7:18am On Jan 17, 2021
Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by sofiscatedmoron: 7:20am On Jan 17, 2021

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Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by DropsMic(m): 7:21am On Jan 17, 2021
Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:22am On Jan 17, 2021
In recent years, children from Kano State were kidnapped and sold to willing buyers in the southern part of the country. Some of the victims who were rescued by the police shared their experiences when they were reunited with their families.
Something must be done ASAP to arrest the animals behind this kidnapping of innocent children.

Animals in human skins they are.
Bastard mofos causing families pains and anguish.
May all of the criminals never end well in life.

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Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by Taich(m): 7:26am On Jan 17, 2021
Thank God the kids are alive.

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Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by tysontim(m): 7:27am On Jan 17, 2021
From frying pan to fire,thank God it's not In Ogun state they were taken to


Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by tobechi74: 7:27am On Jan 17, 2021
That is what Happens when we give birth to
excess childrenn that we cannot train and turn them to beggars. South to the rescue

Orphans in the south go to school. Now these ones will not go to school.

Each time I look at every record released by any national agency, I notice a huge discrepancy between the core north and the south. Southern states top the literacy chart, number of successful WAEC candidate, number of jamb candidate, number of yearly graduates, etc. An outsider would believe the north are marginalized by other regions. This is not true. Our educational standard has been reduced to encourage the northerners to consider going to school. A pupil from that region needs to score fifty marks to get admitted into unity school whereas his counterpart in the south needs to struggle for a hundred and fifty marks. They are simply marked as educational disadvantaged state. I wonder how long they would continue to get pampered. Goodluck Jonathan initiated a free education system yet the same people massively voted him out. If he had done the same to the south, he would have been immortalized.

I do not believe that God created them with a deformed brain incapable of assimilating the Western concept. The likes of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Nasir El Rufai is a proof that great brains can come out from the region. It seems there is a conspiracy not to educate the masses. The way the almajiri free education system died quickly is an evidence that the elites do not want her people educated.

Education is dangerous to the political structure. An educated person can see beyond the deception of the elite.

Western education is dangerous to the religious practice. Western education encourage curiosity and doubt. The elite prefers to control the thought of its citizen. They want them to read only books they approve of. Books that makes it easier for the citizen to comply to their directive. It is a sin to read non approved books. They may open your eyes to the Ill of the controller. To prevent this, they give you only Religion education.

When Emir (Dr) Sanusi admonished his people against giving birth to numerous children beyond their ability to feed, there was an uproar. His ideas were against the status quo. He was exposing his fellow elite. Today, Emir Sanusi is no longer a traditional ruler. ,The Elite will g at iany length to shut the truth. The current Governor of Kano state,the man who dethroned Emir Dr Sanusi was quoted to have admitted that bokoharam recruit Almajiri boys into it’s fold.

Educated persons understand that an increase in population would result to a struggle for limited resources. . In the western world, more children means more tax. Barack Obama had only two children. Good luck Jonathan had less than four children. A northern senator boasted of thirteen children.

The Elites encourage them to continue to give birth to more children. God will take care of them. Those who are so poor that they could not afford to finance a wedding need not worry, the government used a public fund to sponsor their mass wedding. The leaders are not interested in educated people or a well-trained offspring. The leaders want more population to win votes. Poor people are interested in their stomach. They would do anything you ask them to do. They are easily recruited as hoodlums to snatch ballot boxes and commit other hoodlum. He may be told to drive into a park and press a button. He may be told that is what God wants him to do. He doesn’t know it is a bomb. A hungry, uneducated man is easier to deceive. In other words, they are advocate of pro birth, pro death and pro suffering.

Religion is an easy tool to achieve their aim


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Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by BafanaBafana: 7:27am On Jan 17, 2021
3 reasons I will point out
1. Immortality to the point of damaging reproductive system
2. Engaging in money rituals or other sacrifice to make money that requires you trading your ability to procreate.
3. Being cruel to other people's children. It closes the womb of you or your children.
These could be some of the reasons for the high infertility hence, resort to baby factories and abduction of children in that place.
The North which they refer to as a waste barren land is now their where they go to steal children


Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by dazzlingd: 7:27am On Jan 17, 2021
Contribute money to sponsor police....
I tire for this country ..

By the way, the kids are better sold off.....one poor abokii will birth like 20 of them and throw them to the streets to start begging...

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Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by Franking: 7:28am On Jan 17, 2021
Sad. But who wants to adopt an almajiri?

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Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by basty: 7:28am On Jan 17, 2021
What a country?
Re: Kano Kids Rescued From The South Say Their Peers Avoid Them by Victorcwu(m): 7:29am On Jan 17, 2021
They look good in those pictures. I hope their parents take good care of them.

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