The Benue State born teenager who was abducted and forced into marriage said she was sexually abused everyday.
The young girl who was in the hands of her captives for seven months, revealed to newsmen that she was sexually abused all through the time she was in captivity before succour came her way and she was freed.
The girl who was in primary six at the time she was forcefully abducted, said her abductor and some Hisbah (Sharia police) personnel took her to an Imam in Runjin Sambo area of Sokoto with a claim that she wanted to convert to Islam.
“I was sent to buy biscuits and on my way I saw him (her abductor) and he persuaded me to come to his bungalow. Yes, he was forcefully making love to me any time he wanted.
They first took me to Sarkin Baki house, and kept me there for seven months before my parents came looking for me. They gave me something to drink, but I refused to take the drink, and they took me to one room and locked me inside the room.
They forcefully made me to turn to Muslim and gave me another name, Aisha. Some people wanted to marry me, but the Sarkin Baki refused and said until I finish Islamic school before they marry me off."
The lawyer who helped in securing the releasing of the girl, Barrister Ezekiel Dyagas, said, during a press conference, that Tambuwal played a key role in freeing the girl.
“Her brother has been up and doing since the family realised that the little girl was missing and eventually abducted by one of her neighbours.
I promised the family to give me 48 hours and we would be able to trace her whereabouts. I posted her story on the website and you will not believe the response I got.
Within that 48 hours, I was talking to the Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, and I told the girl’s brother that the governor will call him.
In fact, the governor not only called, but he played a vital role towards the freeing of Patience. He acted as a father and we appreciate his role. In short, he was instrumental to her eventual release.
As I am talking to you, those behind her abduction in Sokoto had been arrested and are going to face prosecution soon.”