The 14-year old daughter of a police officer has been abducted in Sokoto State, Nigeria by a man who has since renamed her Hasfat.
Mr Dominic Jato, the father of the abducted teenager said even though the police in Sokoto are aware of the situation with full knowledge of the culprits, nothing has been done to secure his daughter release despite complains at the Divisional Police Office in Sokoto and the office of the DIG in charge of Zone 10.
"I have been following every legal means to secure the release of my daughter for about two years now. This is just because we are in Sokoto to serve our nation. For two years, my Daughter has been taken away from me. What my colleagues did to me in Sokoto I am still in shock," Jato said.
Even though the police spokesman in Sokoto, Al-mustpaha Sani, told Pulse that he was not aware of the issue, it was reliably gathered that the man who abducted the 14 year-old teenager is a relation to a senior officer in the Sokoto State Police Command.
Mr Dominic Jato, who told Pulse that he had earlier lodged a complaint at both the Divisional Level, Sokoto State Police Command and at the office of the AIG Zone 10, keeps seeing the people who abducted his daughter moving freely in Sokoto.
"Do we have some persons that are above the law in Nigeria?” Jato asked.
Mr Jatau, in the complaint letter he submitted at the office of the AIG Zone 10, said, his daughter was kidnapped when she was 14 years and eight days old.
"I am writing this letter in order to complain against Ismail Mohammed and Mallam Adamu Kasarawa for kidnapping my daughter, named Halita Dominic Jato. She was born on 1st, July 1999 and was kidnapped and abducted on the 9th, July 2014."
"I conducted a search for her whereabouts among her friends, neighbours and the entire neighbourhood and I found out that she was kidnapped and abducted by Ismail Mohammed in Gidan Igwai area of Sokoto."
The letter added: "I reported the case to the Police Divisional Head Quarters, Kwanni and the said Ismail Mohammed was invited by the police for questioning. He confessed that the girl Halita Dominic Jato was kidnapped and abducted by him."
"He confessed that, he has moved the girl to the house of Mallam Adamu Kasarawa to be converted to Islam. And he was mandated to bring the girl back to the Police Station to be handed over to me but up till now, the girl has not been handed over to me nor the police," Jato said.
He said that when he lodged another complaint to the office of the Police Commissioner in Sokoto, the suspect were invited for questioning, "and I was asked again to wait for the outcome of the investigation but up till now, no clear clue of what the police have done tentatively concerning the case."
Jato who said the issue linger for about two years now because he followed due process, added that he has explored every possible means within his power but could not secure the release of his 14- Year old daughter.
"Secondly, there was threat to my life and that of my entire family" Jato added.
Sokoto State Police spokesperson, Al-mustpaha Sani who said he was not aware of the incident, asked whether the abducted teenager is a daughter of a policeman.
"I don't know anything about it. You know I am the PRO but I may not know everything that happens. If I get to the office, I will check the files. Is the girl a policeman’s daughter?” Sani asked.
"If a suspect admitted to an offence, the police will not allow it to linger for two years," Sani added.