If you can recall that in the last ten (10) days or thereabout, Maiduguri, the Borno State capital erupted in various degree of human rights violations which has thrown the city into sorrow, tears and blood. These inhumane acts have led many parents into agony as a result of untimely and gruesome deaths of teenagers who had hopes and aspirations. So also, the broad-day maltreatment of one woman within the period under review. Let us take the issues one after the other.
Firstly, the issue of Hajja Gana who was raped has a different story from the one reported. We heard a different version from her paternal uncles when we paid a condolence visit to the family as instructed by the Chairman of NBA Maiduguri Branch, Abba Mallam Umate. We were categorically informed by the family that she was raped by the assailant and was murdered by him to cover the nefarious act. She was not an IDP as claimed by many. Two of her friends took her away immediately when she returned from Islamiyyah. She made this declaration while in full of blood. The hospital carelessly let her die without giving her the needed attention. May her soul rest in peace.
Secondly, the issue of Jibril, a student of Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology who was mercilessly butchered by his fellow senior student within the precincts of such an hallowed institution that bred many scholars and professionals in Borno State and beyond. This act was one but too many. We called for thorough and meticulous investigation to avert future occurrence.
Thirdly, the issue of broad-day inhuman and degrading treatment of poor Fadila, who was slapped by heavily built miscreants as was captured in the viral video for an alleged critique of a politician in a democratic dispensation which is valid, if it falls within the purview of the law.
In the meantime, the Committee appreciates the timely intervention of His Excellency in the issue of Fadila which led to the arrest of the suspects.
In view of the foregoing, this Committee and the mother NBA as promoter of rule of law, will not relent until the law take its full course.
We call upon the security agencies to do the needful professionally and within the ambit of the law. While investigation is ongoing, residents should be law-abiding and be security conscious.
Yahaya Alhaji Dunoma,
The Chairman of the Committee.