By Ahmed Ahmed
Police Command Bauchi has on Wednesday handed over seven Bauchi children rescued from abduction to Governor Bala Mohammed.
The Command’s Commissioner of Police CP Auwal Mohammed while handing over the children to the governor in Bauchi appreciated the governor for support and showing concern on the plight of the kids.
He said the seven children were earlier reunited with their parents by the Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, in Kano.
Mohammed revealed that it was the governor that intimated him about a viral video of the children and he swung into action by quickly contacting his Kano counterpart.
“I met him and had a brief about the excellent job they had done in Kano that led to the recovery of these abducted children,” he said.
The CP commended the quick response of the governor and his officials, especially the Chief of Staff in returning the children to Bauchi.
He revealed that the abduction of the children were carried out prior to the coming of the Bala Mohammed led administration.
“The whole thing started around 2016 or there about although there were two incidents in 2023,” he said,
Responding, Governor Mohammed has commended the Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Mohammed Gumel for the rescue of seven stolen kids from Bauchi State expressing joy that they had been recovered alive.
“This is what we know policing should be, saying the abduction was a sad incidence, assured that his administration would give the police and other related agencies the required tools to carry out their work
He called on security agencies and other organizations saddled with issues of child rights in the state to see the development as a wakeup call and start working in earnest.
He challenged the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking of Persons (NAPTIP) to work hard to beam its search light on the state to avoid future occurrence.
“If this thing is not nipped in the bud, it is capable of bringing suspicion and mistrust between the different people in Nigeria,” he warned.
“It is unacceptable for people to be stolen and be sold, and their genecology, their linguistics, their faith changed, just because of the money.
“I hope these are the only victims. I hope many others have not been mutilated or killed”,” he said.
Mohammed also appreciated his Kano counterpart for uniting the children with their parents and donating N500, 000 to each of them, Mohammed on his own part also donated N1 million to each of the seven recovered children.