Despite Rumours of Her Death, Family Discovers Lady Trafficked from Gombe Still Alive — But Federal Agency Trying to ‘Cheat’ Justice

Twenty-seven years old Hauwa’u Musa was still a teen when she was trafficked from Gombe to Adamawa State where she was later married off without her family’s consent. Earlier, a woman who trafficked her rumoured her death, claiming she died during a tour to Cameroon.

It would stun the family that the victim who hails from Gombe State is alive and married to a man in a neighbouring state. Subsequently, the matter was reported to Musa Ali Maishanu, a Gombe-based human rights activist who later handed it over to National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

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Maishanu was later arrested yesterday by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) after a complaint by NAPTIP.

Barrister Ibrahim Ambore Nuhu, the activist’s lawyer explained that Maishanu was being held for threatening to stage a demonstration against the agency.

Musa Ali Maishanu

“She was taken to Adamawa by one woman when she was a little child who later lied to her mother that her child died in Cameroon where she travelled with her. The mother accepted the event in good faith as death is inevitable,” said Maishanu’s lawyer. “Recently, the mother uncovered that the girl is still alive and was married in Adamawa State. In view of that, she was brought to Gombe for identification. The mother recognized her at once and the culprit confessed to having trafficked the girl and apologized for her action.”

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“However, when Comrade got the complaint, he handed it over to NAPTIP because it was a case of trafficking but instead of investigating the matter, he alleged that they discharged the culprits the same day,” the lawyer continued. “It was as a result of it, that he threatened that a demonstration would be organized against the NAPTIP to demand justice for the girl. Thus, NAPTIP reported him to DSS who detained him and handed him over to police CID who later arraigned him before the Chief Magistrate Court 8 in the state.”

When contacted, Aminu Mohammed, NAPTIP Coordinator in Gombe State, declined to comment. He said the reporter would need to get a clearance form before he could comment on the matter.

“You need to get a clearance form from the headquarters directing me to speak to you,” he said.


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