Police Recover Two Abducted Igbo Teenage Girls, Suspect In Custody

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By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Niger State Police Command has paraded one Shamsudeen Bashiru of Dawaki Angwan Jekada, Suleja for abducting two teenage Igbo girls, Okwudiri Nwodo and Miracle Nweke, both16 years old.
The two were taken away from their employer/guardian on 28th April this year in Gwada village of Shiroro Local
Government Area of the Niger state by Shamsudeen Bashir.
Shamsudeen and his accomplices, still at large, had after kidnapped Miracle and Okwudiri moved them to Suleja, about 150 kilometres away from Gwada and handed them over to the leader of an Islamic group based in Suleja, Habib Madaki.
The girls were later converted to Islam ahead of their being married out by the leader of an Islamic group, the Association for the Enhancement of Muslim Welfare which located at Victory road in Suleja town.
The Police confirmed that Okwudiri and Miracle, who have been rechristened by their captors as ‘Khadijat’ and “Aisha”, were rescued from their captivity in Suleja under the Islamic group.
They were freed at about 9:00pm on Sunday night and were handed over to the Igbo community leader in Niger state, Eze Pampas Ngozi Wahiwe last Tuesday evening after complaints were lodged by Ndubuisi Sunday.
The principal suspect, Shamsudeen Bashir who was among other criminal suspects paraded before newsmen at the Police Command Headquarters at Dutsen Kura area of Minna by the Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), DSP Muhammad Dan Inna Abubarkar, according to the Police had confessed to the crime.
The Police image maker said Police detectives attached to the Command’s anti kidnapping squad, had arrested Shamsudeen in Suleja after report was lodged by Ndubuisi Sunday that the two girls were missing and he was linked to the disappearance of the two girls.
DSP Dan Inna Mohammed Abubakar disclosed that Police detectives attached to Anti Kidnapping Squad arrested the suspect for abducting Okwudiri, (16) and Miracle Nweke also16 from Gwada in Shiroro Local Government Area. He said the case was under investigation even as the girls would be handed over to their employer.
At the parade of the suspect, journalists were however denied access to the two girls. When they were brought out from the Command’s’s cell, even the veil (hijab) they were earlier wearing, were removed and withheld by the Police.
Curious enough too was that none of the leaders of the Association for the Enhancement of Muslim Welfare, in whose custody the two girls were rescued from, was among the suspects at the parade.
The two teenage girls according to the report have been away from their employer since April this year and were kept without the knowledge and consent of their parents or employer/guardian.
Ndubuisi Sunday had in May this year, after getting a lead about the whereabouts of the two girls, visited Suleja and met with Habib Madaki who is the Secretary of the group, but Madaki refused to disclose where the girls were kept even though he had admitted that he knew about them.
The two girls were handed over to the Igbo community leader in the state for onward delivery to Ndubuisi Sunday. The handover was delayed till the evening hours. Journalists, members of the Ndigbo from Gwada, Minna and Suleja were at hand to witness the handover.

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