Six years after, father demands to see abducted Blessing
Parent indicts top Abuja judge, police for heart-rending kidnap of 14-year- old girl
Many people are familiar with the story of Ese Oruru, the 14-year-old Bayelsa girl child, who was abducted about September 2015 by Yunusa Dahiru, alias Yellow, a 25-year-old Muslim resident of Yenagoa, and taken to Kano. Ese was converted to Islam and renamed Aisha by his abductors before the police rescued her.
Then there was Patience Paul, a 15-year- old Benue girl, who was allegedly abducted by Hisbah (Sharia Police) in Sokoto. She was rescued less than 24 hours after Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal ordered that the case be investigated.
Patience disappeared in August 2015 when she was 14 years old and had been in the custody of the Sharia Police, who in a phone conversation told her family recently that they had married her out to a man who had taken her to Bauchi from Sokoto with the authority of Sarkin Muslumi, the Sultan, after she accepted Islam.
It was after the case of the missing Ese went viral on social media that her family went to the press seeking succour. But before Ese and Patience, there was Blessing Nyimbir Siman Gujil , whose story is probably the most heart-rending, if not hopeless of all child abduction cases.
Born on June 13, 1996 to Mr. Siman Gujil’s family in Guyuk Local Council of Adamawa State, Blessing Nyimbir was abducted by one Bilhadi Yakuba , alias Dan Daura since September 2010 when she was only 14 years.
Blessing, then a Christian and Junior Secondary School Two (JSS 2) pupil of Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Junior Secondary School, Lugbe, Airport Road, Abuja, was renamed Kadijat by her abductors and forcefully converted to Islam. Yakuba, who hails from Kastina State was living with his father, where he operated a phone charging office in the neighbourhood.
A still grief-stricken father, Siman Gujil could not hold back his tears as he spoke to The Guardian on phone yesterday narrating the developments surrounding the disappearance of his dear daughter, who he saw last in October 2010.
The suspicion that a very highly placed judicial officer at the Kuje Upper Area Court, Abuja in connivance with the police authorities , who allegedly exhibited gross lackadaisical attitude towards the plight of the family , has made the situation even more worrisome.
The father, who was a labourer and lives at the Federal Housing Authority , Lugbe, said that he reported the matter at the Lugbe Police Station but could not get any help in the very institution that is supposed to be his friend.
Lamenting that he could not get the help he sought because he was a man of little or no means , Gujil said his young daughter’s abductors even had the courage to summon him at the Kuje Upper Area Court where their kinsman was allegedly a top judicial officer.
“The judge subsequently ordered my arrest and that of my wife and others who followed me to the court.
“We were incarcerated on the court premises for 30 minutes and when we were released, we found out that Yakuba had run off with my daughter to Kaduna.
“The arrest order was to clear the way for her abductor to spirit her out of Abuja unchallenged’’, Gujil said .
On the efforts made so far to get his daughter back, Gujil said after a meeting with his mother and his in-laws on the abduction, he was directed to the police and Human Rights Commission.
“But because I had no money and I am just a labourer nothing was done.Since then, all my family members had been thrown into mental torture and trauma of not seeing our child for years, and waking up every morning to the fact that our daughter is in the hands of our enemies, ” he wept.
But, the case of Ese has rekindled Gujil’s hope of being reunited with his daughter .
“I want to see Blessing again, I am calling on President Mohammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, the press and humanitarian organisations to come to our aid, ” he pleaded.
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