The apex Northern Socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has described as worrisome, the kidnap and conversion to another religion, of children from Kano state, calling on Nigerians to expose perpetrators of evil in the country.
ACF in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, while condemning what he called “unwarranted and unbridled” kidnappings of the children from Kano and other parts of the country, he urged police to further investigate the motives behind the abduction, as well as to bringing culprits to justice.
Biu’s statement reads: “Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and in deed Nigerians are shocked and pained by the recent media reports of innocent children being kidnapped by some criminals in Kano State and sold for purposes of slavery and other inhuman activities in Anambra State.
“The media reports are that the abducted children are being converted to other faiths and given different identities other than their original faiths and names. This new dimension to the crime of kidnapping is most worrisome and disturbing. Most worrisome is the confession of one of the arrested suspects that he has been in the business of child abduction for about five years, and that it is only now that nemesis has caught up with him. That means many innocent children must have been kidnapped and sold over the years.
“ACF, therefore, condemns these unwarranted and unbridled kidnappings of innocent children from Kano and other parts of the country by these criminals who hide under religion and ethnicity to perpetrate these heinous crimes against humanity. This is a serious challenge to government, the police and other security agencies to thoroughly investigate this new trend of crime as it is most barbaric, wicked and unacceptable.
“ACF commends the efforts of the Kano Police Command for their professional action in arresting those alleged to be behind this heinous crime and urges them to dig further into the motives and those behind the abduction, as well as to ensure that no matter their status they should be brought to justice.
“ACF also commends the Government and people of Kano State for their maturity and calmness in handling this unfortunate incident. We urge Nigerians to cooperate with the security agencies in exposing these criminals in our midst who do not wish us well. One way they can do this is effective intelligence sharing among intelligence community.
“ACF extends its sympathy to the families of the innocent children kidnapped by these criminals, the government and people of Kano State and also calls on parents and guardians to pay special attention on the movement and company of their children,” ACF said.