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Kano kidnapped children: Igbo group, CAN want culprits punished

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The leadership of Igbo Community and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kano have advocated stiff penalty to culprits of child thefts in Onitsha, Anambra State.

In their separate reactions to the kidnapped of nine children in Kano and sold to child slave trade in the east, the ethnic and religious bodies condemned what they described as clear case of human trafficking and criminality that should be made to face the wrath of law.

A statement jointly signed by the president general of Igbo Community Chief Ebeneezer China and Eze Ndi Igbo Kano, Dr Igwe Boniface Ibekwe, expressed disappointment over the act of unscrupulous persons from the southeast, who engage in the illicit trade of child trafficking.

The Igbo leaders applauded the proactive investigation of the Police and other security agents for their synergy that led to the recovery of the victims.
“We further recommend for a stiffer penalty for the culprits so as to serve as a deterrent to others who maybe nursing such nefarious act. Finally, we want to thank his Excellency Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his highness Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, the emir of Kano and the good people of Kano state for their underground on the issue”.

CAN Chairman in Kano, Rev. Adeyemo, A Samuel, who distanced the religion body from any form of crimes and criminality, insisted no true Christian will embark of kidnapping and enslaving children.

“CAN does not in any way support criminal act of any sort by any one or group of persons, hence we state clearly that the security agents should investigate deeply so as to know their accomplices whoever they may be and have all of them arrested and prosecuted without any delay and let the full wrath of the law take its course on them.

“We further state that, although they may be bearing names of Christians, this their actions have no any religious undertone or backing, hence it should not be associated with the Christian faith and CAN as no Church or CAN ever encourage such evil acts in all our tenets. We take complete exception to this attitude and acts of these criminals.”

Samuel further said, “We specially call on the good people of Kano State not to in any way allow this action of these minute individuals to rob and impact negatively on the good cordial and harmonious relationship that had been built over the years and is existing between all religion and ethnic people in Kano State.

“We specifically and specially acknowledged the committed effort of our amiable governor of Kano State Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in ensuring Kano is a secured State and a safe haven that everyone, irrespective of tribe and religion, will continue to live in peace and go about their normal lawful businesses. It must also be mentioned that the Governor’s commitment to a peaceful and secured Kano State had ensured there was no reprisal attacks by anyone and on anyone.”


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