The Igbo Community Association in Kano on Wednesday canvassed stiff punishment for culprits behind the abduction of children from the state that were trafficked to the South East.
The Kano police command had last Friday announced that “a syndicate perpetrating this heinous act was busted and Eight (8) suspects that specialized in kidnapping, concealment and keeping in confinement kidnapped persons, buying and selling of minors and trafficking in persons were tracked and arrested.”
Accordingly, “Nine (9) kidnapped victims were rescued at Onitsha in Anambra State. All suspects confessed to their offences.”
A statement that was jointly signed by President General Igbo Community Association in Kano, Chief Ebenezer Chima and Sarki Ndigbo Kano, Igwe Boniface Ibekwe, and made available to reporters in Kano condemned the act.
The statement said: “We are recommending stiff penalty for the culprits to serve as a deterrent to others who may be nursing ambition for such nefarious act.”
The statement further appreciated the state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi and the good people of Kano for their deeper understanding of the issue.
The Igbo leaders in the statement also commended the security agents for their proactive investigation and synergy that led to the recovery of the victims.
The leadership, therefore, enjoined Igbos in Kano to remain law-abiding and go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation.