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Tuesday 22 March 2016

IFESINACHI'S ABDUCTION: Linkman fingers Emir of Zazzau -Authorityngr

·   Says he sold the girl
·   We’ve no hand in it, says Emir's Secretary
A new twist has crept into the tragic tale of the ab­duction and conver­sion to Islam of a 14 year-old Igbo school girl, Ifesin­achi Ani.
Ifesinachi, a teenage second­ary school girl, was abducted in Abuja and taken to Maiduguri, then Zaria, where she was report­edly converted to Islam and mar­ried off.
The linkman to the abductors, Baba Abdul, who has been arrest­ed by the police, yesterday claimed that he sold the girl to scouts al­legedly sent by the Emir of Zaz­zau, Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Idris.
However, the Secretary to the monarch, Alhaji Shehu Gar­ba (Dokajen Zauzzau) dismissed the claim, stressing that “we don’t know anything about that. How can you even believe such a thing?”
 He asked our correspondent to come over to Zaria so that “we can see face-to-face and discuss such a matter. It is a serious mat­ter and it is not possible to link the Emir with such a trash”.
However, Police sources in­formed The AUTHORITY that Baba Abdul told the Police in­vestigators during interrogation that “I sold the girl to them”, but has not been able to disclose how much he collected from the deal up till the time of filing this re­port.
According to the sources, Baba Abdul maintained that the scouts told him they were from the Emir of Zazzau and that they were looking for young children, especially girls, from the southern parts of the country to convert to Islam and marry.

“I was able to get the girl (Ifes­inachi) first, to believe that I was offering assistance to her and her family. This is because her mother does not have any serious means of livelihood apart from the local Igbo beans, ‘okpa’, she is selling. And because we live close by each other and I was able to convince her (Ifesinachi) and she followed every instruction I gave her.
“I also showered her with gifts but warned her not to tell her mother and when I discov­ered that she was doing what I asked her to do, I took the next move, which made her to hate her mother.
“It was after I had done these preliminary things I was supposed to do, that I sold the girl to them (the scouts). They took her away and finally, I learnt they took her to Zaria and that is where they told me she is at the moment”.
This informed why The AU­THORITY called the Ciroman Zazzau who denied knowledge of the issue and referred us to the Emir’s secretary who vehemently denied Baba Abdul’s claims and link with the Emirate.

The AUTHORITY ON Sun­day had reported the sinister ac­tivities of a band of syndicate ab­ductors whose primary objective is to lure Christian teenagers and minors from the southern parts of the country and force them to embrace Islam and marry them off. This story led the Police to ar­rest the Abuja-based, self-styled Islamic cleric, Baba Abdul, who facilitated Ifesinachi’s abduction from the Federal Capital Territo­ry (FCT).
Initially, the abductors made the girl’s mother to believe that the 14-year-old SS-2 student of Government Secondary School, Apo Resettlement, was taken to Maiduguri, but it was later discov­ered that she was actually taken to Zaria in Kaduna State.
The AUTHORITY on Sunday had exclusively reported that Mrs. Ani, Ifesinachi’s mother, said her daughter informed her via GSM short message (sms) a few days after her abduction that she was whisked out of Abuja to Maidu­guri.
Ifesinachi’s mother confirmed that she used the same telephone line to call her daughter’s abduc­tors asking them to allow her see Ifesinachi but they refused, tell­ing her that her daughter was in good health and has been convert­ed to Islam, married off and was now attending an Islamic school where they paid N35,000.

She also told our Editori­al Board when Barrister Am­arachi of May Child Safety In­itiative (MSI), an Abuja-based NGO, brought her to the head office complex of The AUTHOR­ITY Media and Publishing Lim­ited, that she discovered the pic­tures of her daughter adorned in hijab and posted on the internet as proof that they have actually converted her daughter to Islam. Mrs. Ani confirmed the pictures of the girl in hijab to be those of her daughter.

The AUTHORITY, in the course of the investigations, had also called the same telephone line (08060598215), registered in the name of Ngozi Yellow Osegbere, and a female voice who speaks Igbo, Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri and Beriberi Languages responded.
She wondered why the re­porter detailed to speak with her should feign ignorance of the re­ward of converting people of oth­er tribes to Islam, especially as he claimed that he was a Muslim. Our encounter with the wom­an was reproduced in The AU­THORITY on Sunday.

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