After days of silence, Buhari finally speaks on kidnap of 9 Kano children

After more than a week of silence, President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Nigeria Police Force over the rescue of nine Kano native children, who were abducted by an Igbo kidnap syndicate and converted to Christianity, before being sold into slavery.

Kano Focus reports that the Kano Police Command had rescued nine missing children and paraded six Igbo persons who have confessed to abducting children and selling them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

In a statement Saturday by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, President Buhari said arresting the kidnap suspects “is in line with his commitment to human rights and dignity of the citizens regardless of their age, religion and ethnicity.”

“The presidency commends the Nigeria Police Force for the discovery of a child-theft racket in Kano State and fake correctional centers in Kaduna and Katsina states, urging them to sustain these good efforts across the country,” the statement read.

“President Buhari will not support criminality under any guise, including the abduction of children and selling them off illegally.

“The President, therefore, lauds the efforts of the police in exposing these human rights abuses by individuals and criminal groups, and is optimistic that these efforts will be sustained to check illegal activities of this nature,” it added.

President Buhari also advised members of the public to “remain vigilant and assist security agencies in crime prevention and control by reporting the existence of criminal activities around their communities.”

“The sharing of human intelligence is everybody’s responsibility in order to make our society safe and this government is ever committed to supporting the police to be more effective in the performance of its duties through proper funding and motivation of its personnel,” he said.