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Kano women protest incessant abduction of children

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Mustapha Usman, Kano

Hundreds of women from Hotoro in Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano State on Monday took to the streets to protest incessant abduction of their children.

DAILY NIGERIAN correspondent who met the irate women along the Sabo Bakin Zuwo road reports that women marched from Hotoro area to the emir’s palace to lodge complaints for prompt action.

Leader of the protesters, Rabi Salisu of Ladanai area, an outskirt of the metropolis, said the peaceful protest was prompted by incessant abduction of their children without action being taken by the authorities.

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She said about one hundred children were either abducted or forcefully snatched from the hands of their mothers.

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“My son, Ahmed Isa of about 3 years was abducted since July last year and up till now I am yet to find him. I sent him to a nearby shop to by biscuit but he is yet to return home.

“Many women like me are bearing the agony of abducting their children and nothing has been done. Our authorities have done nothing in checking the situation. As such, we seek permission from the governor and emir to allow us punish the perpetrators by ourselves,” she stressed.

She alleged that one female suspect was nabbed last week but was released when she was handed over to the police.

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Another distraught mother, Rahmatu Adamu, a resident of Kawo, said her son was taken while playing outside the house about a week ago.

She said all her efforts to find him were not successful, appealing to authorities to ensure rescue of their lost children.

Our reporter accompanied the irate protesters to the emir’s palace but could not see the monarch as the palace session was closed.

A palace official however said the emir had already entered his house, asking them to come early on Tuesday in order to meet the emir.

The women staged similar protest on Thursday last week to the emir’s palace but could not meet him as he travelled outside the town.

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Prevalence of kidnappings in the area has become a source of concern by the residents who are appealing to government to intervene in a bid to curtail the menace.

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