By Ismail Auwal
A notorious child-kidnapping suspect, Amina Ibrahim Gara, has been released unconditionally by a court in Kano, after spending two years in prison.
Gara was arrested in Kawo Bakin Lambu by some youths after she allegedly kidnapped a child, Aliyu Dauda, and her arrest also led to the arrests of seven other suspects around the state.
The Chairman Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Kano Missing Children, Justice Wada has said that Gara, alongside her accomplices, were mentioned several times by kidnapped children, and the committee seriously recommended that her case, then before the court, should be reopened for discreet investigation and diligent prosecution.
Chairman of the Protection Against Abduction of our Children, Malam Isma’il Ibrahim Muhammad, told Sahelian Times “Gara and her accomplices spent two years in prison awaiting trial before they were granted bail by the court”, noting that while they were in the prison, child kidnapping completely stopped in the area.
“For the two years these people spent in prison, we did not record any case of missing children. But after the suspected kidnappers were released on bail, we started recording cases of missing children in this area.
Sahelian Times also gathered that some of the missing children have been located, in some southwestern states, but the commitment to reunite these children with their parents by the Kano State Government is not encouraging.