Hauwa Dadi, a 13-year old girl in Yobe state, who was allegedly abducted for the purpose of forcing her into a marriage was released on Sunday, four days after the incident.
- The SS1 student of the Brighter Academy Secondary School, Gashua, is a daughter of a former Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria.
- Following her abduction, she was allegedly kept at the palace of the Emir of Gashua, Alhaji Abubakar Suleman, for ‘Islamic evangelism.’
- Her release followed the intervention of a civil rights group, Stefanos Foundation, as as well as the media.
- This was how the mother of the girl narrated the abduction: “On Thursday afternoon, 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 (her twin brother and disappeared.“But before the incident, there has been one boy who claimed to love her and wanted to marry her. He told her to convert to Islam.”
The mother said when she went to look 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.
She then reported the matter to one Inspector Melody Habila at the Gashua Police Command.
- Hauwa’s elder brother, Jonathan Dadi, spoke on her release: “I am pleased to inform you that my sister has been released to us. The Emir ordered that my sister, Hauwa 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.”