Kano Emir, others condemn kidnapping, selling of northern minors

Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero
Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has condemned the trend of kidnapping and selling children, mostly northern minors, to southern parts of the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Emir expressed his concern on Saturday in Kano while addressing newsmen.

Represented by Dan Malikin Kano, Amb. Ahmad Umar, the first class traditional ruler said the Emirate would no longer condone abduction and trading of children in the state.

He said the issue has gotten out of hand that proactive action must be taken to curb it.“This ugly trend must stop. We have to rise up against it. We will no longer condone a situation whereby our children are kidnapped, sold and their tribe and religion were changed.

“This illicit act must stop. We have to rise up to check the situation as it is going out of hand. The situation cannot stop itself, it is we that will make it stop. It happened few years ago and now it has happened again. Only God knows how many of our children had been kidnapped and sold,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Kano state Police Command on Dec. 27, 2023, said it had dismantled a human trafficking syndicate that specialised in abduction, buying and selling of minors.

The command added that nine suspects had been arrested from the syndicate, which was operating around Kano, Bauchi, Lagos, Delta, Anambra and Imo States.

It also rescued seven children, majority from Bauchi state, from the suspects.

He said the emirate had expressed great disappointment over the abduction of minors.

Describing the situation as disturbing, he called for punishment on the perpetrators to serve as a lesson to others.

The royal member noted that Kano had been accommodating visitors for hundreds of years, emphasising that the visitors should not take the advantage of the hospitality received by the state to commit crimes.

“Kano, for hundreds of years has been welcoming visitors and take them as its sons. Recently we have seen a disturbing and unfortunate incident of rescuing children trafficked to Lagos through Kano.

“The Emir expressed serious disappointment of Kano and northern Nigeria about the incident and wants to see a lasting solution to the problem,” he said.

In his remarks, the leader of Igbo community in Kano, Eze Ndigbo, Boniface Igbekwe, alao condemned the act and called on authorities to bring the perpetrators to book.

Represented by Prime Minister of the Igbo Community, Chief Nwaimo Efanyi, he said the Igbo community had received the news of the kidnapped children rescued by the police with shock and disbelief.

He said the entire Igbo community in Kano had dissociated themselves from the suspects and any kind of heinous acts committed in their name, stressing that they are always committed to live peacefully with one another.

“We condemned the act in its entirety in whatever guise and call for punishment on the perpetrators. We Igbo dissociate ourselves from this criminality. We call for peace with one another,” he stated.

The Eze Ndigbo commended the Kano Police command for dismantling the syndicate and rescue of the victims, urging it not to rest on its resolve until all kidnapped children were rescued

Speaking earlier, the state Chairman of the ACF, Dr Goni Faruk Umar, lauded the political commitment demonstrated by Gov. Abba Yusuf and the Police Commissioner, Mr Hussaini Gumel, for their commitment and support to the victims and their parents.


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