(Continued From Last Edition)
Why harassing a Pastor, Pastor Jerry Datimin, in Jos, who knew nothing to Nabila's wish but by chance came into the situation? Christianity does not encourage the abduction of people's children to convert them to Christianity. Only Islam does, and there is a litany of examples where young underage bright Christian girls have been abducted, impregnated and converted against theirs and parents' wish, even with intimidation and security harassment of the teenagers' families, why?
Nabila had converted to Christianity while at Bingham University and had met Dafup, a lecturer, in Ghana four years ago on a flight to Dubai. According to the Pastor, Nabila had recently reconnected with Dafup who was visiting Jos for the Christmas break and expressed her intentions to fully convert to Christianity.
And as a Christian, the Pastor was abused, insulted and harassed and probably lucky to still be alive. Hear him: 'The DSS stormed my house, beat me up and assaulted my wife, daughter and eight-month-old baby. They picked Nabila from my house. At the moment, Simput Dafup and Daniel Hassan, a taxi driver whose vehicle Miss Nabila boarded from Abuja to Jos, are nowhere to be found. No member of their respective families has been contacted.
'After they assaulted my family, I took the matter to the Plateau State Administrative Secretary of JNI, Sheikh Abdulazeez Yusuf, who was unhappy with the development and arranged a meeting with the SSS. Even at the SSS office, when they asked why I didn't take the girl to the police station, it was the JNI that answered by telling them that we had been working together to resolve such issues without involving security.'
Dafup's mother, Lydia Istifanus Dafup, 64, said her only son had been tortured for two weeks before being taken away. She pleaded for his release.
Her words: 'My son, Simput, an engineer, was on Monday, January 8, brutalised, tortured and whisked away from his residence in Jos by men we suspect were from the DSS for allegedly converting one Miss Nabila Umar Galadima from Islam to Christianity.
'The heavily-armed men, who stormed the residence of my son in five vehicles, blocked everywhere and assaulted people around the community. I am worried now because, as I talk to you, I don't know the whereabouts of my son.
'Nobody has contacted me or any member of the family to inform us about where my son is. I know that some people that were found in the residence who were also assaulted and brutalised with my son were taken to the Plateau State Command of the DSS.
'I am worried because these people told me that they didn't see my son there. The men who whisked my son away put a mask on him and took him to an unknown destination. As a mother and a widow, I am worried about his safety.
'The assault, brutalisation and subsequent abduction of my son is horrible and uncalled for. He does not know anything about the said conversion but he is suffering the punishment of what he does not know. I want my son released alive.'
Nabila confided to Simput that she wanted to convert to Christianity but Simput cautioned her against such, saying her action might not be welcomed by her parents. At the time, she was 14 years old and a student of Air Force Girls' College, Jos. But why troubling Simput, rather than commending him for his maturity and religious tolerance, especially when Nabila willingly converted as an adult and not as an underage?
To be continued in next edition.
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