Begs South East Govs, IGP, others to rescue daughter
Mrs. Rachael Ani, mother of Ifesinachi, the teenage school girl who was abducted in Abuja about six months ago and converted to Islam, cried out yesterday that the lives of her family members were in danger.
She disclosed that since The AUTHORITY newspapers published the news about her missing daughter, who was abducted by a syndicate said to be working for a controversial Emir in the North West geo-political zone, she was being threatened by unknown persons.
The teenage girl, Ifesinachi, was a student of the Government Secondary School, Apo Resettlement, Abuja, before she disappeared from the FCT last year. The AUTHORITY newspapers started telling Ifesinachi’s bizarre story last week.
Mrs. Ani informed our reporters that “since the day this matter became public, we no longer sleep in our residence.
We do not even return home any longer. We don’t eat at the place either. We have become refugees because some persons have been coming to point at our house and uttering some words that showed they were monitoring us and would hurt us had we been around”.
Asked to describe how she knew that the people who were coming around have sinister motives, she explained that “since the Police arrested Baba Abdul, the linkman to the abductors, the people threatening us, who speak Hausa language, have been coming in their numbers to our house. We have not been seeing such people before around here and I am not a child to understand that if I don’t take the necessary precaution, we might all be killed and all these would become history.
“Moreover, we do not have any Police protection. So, I have to use my number-6 and moved my family members out of this place. We now hibernate around and sleep anywhere we could get assistance.
“I am please asking the Commissioner of Police in the FCT and the Inspector-General of Police to come to our assistance and protect us.
“I am also pleading with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; the Chairman of the South East Governor’s Forum; the Chairman of Enugu South Local Government Area; the Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo and all well-meaning Igbo men and women to understand that it is the case of their daughter that is in issue.
“They should all help me and my family. We have no other people to run to and we hope they will immediately rescue my daughter and come to our aid.
“These people (the cabal of child traffickers) are murderous and have proved they can kill anyone because they believe that nothing will happen if they do so. We don’t want to die. Please help and rescue my daughter,” the woman pleaded, crying profusely as she said these words.
The missing girl is from Ani-Chime family in Umunnachi Ngene village in Amaechi Awkunanaw in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State. Their family house is a little after the home of former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.
Mrs. Ani’s family is Umuene family in Aguwani section in Amagu Ukwu village. Their family house is close to the home of Senator Jim Nwobodo, former governor of old Anambra State.
The woman, a widow, with four children, lamented that since her daughter got abducted, she was no longer able to prepare and sell the local delicacy “Ogbo”, through which she has been sustaining her family, stressing that “as a mother, it is difficult for me to concentrate and do the menial business I have been doing to sustain my family. We have been surviving on charity since then,” she lamented.
Investigations carried out by The AUTHORITY have revealed that Ifesinachi’s abductors are bold, daring and appear to be a web of well-funded syndicate.
It was also discovered that the primary aim of the group is to abduct and convert to Islam as many teenagers as possible from Christian-dominated ethnic groups in Nigeria, for handsome rewards.
The act is carried out through all forms of subterfuge including deceit, hypnotism and fetish processes. Many Igbo girls are believed to have already been abducted and trafficked in this manner.
In this particular case, when the Editorial Board of The Authority called the abductors through one of the three telephone numbers provided by Mrs. Ani, 08060598215, a female voice at the other end asked Mrs. Ani to stop bothering about her child’s wellbeing.
The recipient of the call equally wondered why the reporter detailed to communicate with her, who bears an Islamic name, should be asking about Ifesinachi’s well-being “since as a Muslim, you should understand the reward for converting non-Muslims of other tribes”.
Midway into the discussion, she cut off the telephone call, querying if truly the caller is a Muslim, as claimed.
The AUTHORITY has no technical facility to verify the actual location of the abductors but we can confirm that they have converted her to Islam. The abductors also posted her pictures on the internet and renamed her “Amatullahi”.
They also use telephone numbers 08081170324 and 07038310025. All these lines are still going through up till the time of filing this report. Detailed encounter we had with the abductors last week could still be read on The AUTHORITY on Sunday of March 13.