Abuja - Officials from the Nigeria Police Force have rescued three girls who were previously kidnapped and converted to Islam in Bauchi.
According to a Punch report, the girls were handed over by the Shari'ah Commission on Tuesday.
One of the girls, Blessing Gopep (13), is alleged to have been abducted in August of last year while on holiday in the state.
The other two teenagers, Linda Christopher (16) and Progress Jacobs (13), are said to have been abducted in Tarsha Darumi village and Yelwa, respectively.
Ms. Gobet, Progress' aunt, revealed that the girl was kidnapped while on her way to church.
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Upon reporting the matter to officials, Gobet claims that her statement was taken and that she was asked to inform officials if she found her missing niece. She claims she was then contacted by the Shari'ah Commission, informing her that Progress had converted to Islam.
According to the parents of sixteen year old Linda, they too were notified by the Shari'ah Commission that their daughter had been converted to Islam.
Baba Tijjani, Commissioner of Police at the Bauchi State Command, confirmed the rescue to reporters on Tuesday.
“The girls have been released. They were not held by the Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission; they volunteered to become Muslims on their own and reported themselves to the Da’awah & Islamic Education Department, which took them to the Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission.
“Now, they have been produced. Progress Jacob and Linda Christopher have been released to their parents while Blessing Gopep’s parents have been told to come tomorrow (Wednesday) and they will go home with their daughter,” Tijjani stated.
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