The Government of Sokoto State on Thursday revealed that an order for investigation into the alleged abduction and forced marriage of Patience Paul, a 15-year old girl has been issued.
In a statement issued by Imam Imam, the Spokesman of the state Governor, he said that human rights commission and other agencies in the state has been directed to commence investigation into the case with immediate effect.
On Wednesday 02-03-16, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal directed the state Human Rights Commission to undertake a thorough investigation into the allegations and report same to the government.
The statement read.
In interim, the Human Rights Commission was asked to present an interim report and update the public with all information as it becomes available.
In the first 24hrs, the State Human Rights Commission has contacted the Sultanate Council and the State Police Command for a briefing.
The State Human Rights Commission has also spoken to the State Hisbah Commission, as well as the person whose phone number was given in the initial allegation made online.
The Human Rights Commission of the state has made a public plea asking the family of Patience Paul or representatives to get in touch with the commission for a detailed briefing.
The statement also read:
despite the efforts, however, the State Human Rights Commission has been unable to contact the family of Patience Paul or anyone who will shed more light on the allegations.
The State Human Rights Commission has now opened a public plea urging Ms Paul’s family or representatives to contact it for a detailed briefing.he said.
Other institutions to be contacted are Citizens Rights Department, Attorney General’s Chambers, Ministry of Justice, Sokoto. 08035903799.
Agencies to be contacted:
- The Nigeria Police,
Sokoto State Police Command Headquarters,
- State Human Rights Commission.
- Office of Media and Public Affairs,
Gov’s Office, Sokoto.
Patience Paul, is another Christian girl, who according to allegations, may have been kidnapped and currently kept at the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto. Patience is a primary six pupil of Mohammed Zako Model Primary school, Sokoto whom her family decided to cry out concerning her supposed abduction as a result of the success achieved in the case of Ese Oruru, the 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her home in Yenagoa to Kano.
The father of the missing girl, Mr. Paul, who lives in Sokoto with his family, claimed that while the family was looking for Patience, some persons spotted her at the palace. According to the information he gave to Vanguard, Mr. Paul said
We got information that she was in the Sultan’s palace and the last time we went there we did not find her there.
He also said he knew she was at the palace because,
Some people told us that they saw her there, they also used to camp some of them there before, that is why we went there to see if she has been taken there. Even her friend who used to be a Christian was found there. She was taken there and they converted her.
We will still continue to search for her, we will not give up, we only want the world to help us so that our daughter can be released to us.
Tsembelee Daniel Sorkaa, the lawyer to the Paul family posted this appeal on facebook:
BENUE People, let’s help our own. Keep sharing until she gets help from both Sokoto State Government and Benue State Government.
SUMMARY OF THE ISSUE
Subject Matter: Forceful Abduction
Name of Complainant: Isaac Adaji Paul, from Ohimini Local Government Area of Benue State.
Complaint to the Police: Forcefully abduction of my younger sister by two of our neighbours (Monde & Suleiman), and the Hisbah group in Gidan Kukah, Runjin Sambo area Sokoto, with the intention of converting her to Islam.
They confirmed to Kwani Police Station, Sokoto, Sokoto State, that they took the girl to the Sultan’s Palace, but after investigations by the Kwani Police Station and subsequent complaint to Police Headquarters, Sokoto State, the complainant, Isaac Adaji Paul, was advised to go and maintain peace. He has since relocated to a place in Sokoto State for his security.
Date Missing: 12th of August 2015.
Date of Complaint to Kwani Police State, Sokoto, Sokoto State: 13th August, 2015
Action by Police Headquarters, Sokoto State: Go and maintain peace
Name of the Girl: Patience Paul.
Her age now: 15 years.
Language spoken: Idoma
Her whereabouts: In the Sultans Palace.
GSM Number of the Hisbah Commander’s or Abductors: Ilyasu Muhammed: 08169317038
Umar Dauda Gada: GSM No. 08035584277
Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
GSM No. of Complainant: Isaac Adaji Paul: 08063358061; 07083285018.”