By Bashir Adefaka
Mother of abducted Islamic cleric, Ustadh Abdul-Ganiyy Jumoh, Alhaja Animatu Ibrahim-Jumoh, has cried out to the Federal Government and Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, to help find her son and his wife, Muinat who were abducted at gun point at their residence. The abduction took place on Saturday July 5, 2014 at number 27, Fagbemi Street, Ijoko, off Interbo bus stop, Ogun State and their whereabouts remains unknown.
The octogenarian mother of the abducted scholar, accompanied by the immediate elder brother of the victim, Fatai Jumah, the principal witness, Lukman Oketokun, a student of the cleric, Mr. Qasim Luqman and two others, were at the head office of Vanguard Media Limited, where she, called on the security agencies to help secure the release of her son and his wife from wherever they were.
According to the octogenarian, it was no longer bearable for her not to see two human beings from one family and no security agency had made official statement on the matter,since they were abducted 30 day ago. Alhaja Ibrahim-Jumoh stated that the abductors claimed to be policemen while emerging facts pointed otherwise as, according to her, the white pick-up van used by the abductors for the night operation was said to be marked OGSG.
“I am so surprised that some people would force themselves into sombody’s house at midnight and take the breadwinner of the home away, even with his pregnant wife for more than one month without telling anybody where they took them to. Are they truly policemen as claimed by the abductors? We do not know. But from what some people said, the pick-up van they brought was marked OGSG. Are they kidnappers? No one can tell. But what is clear is that, if they were kidnappers, we should have been receiving calls asking for ransom.
“My son is not a rich man and does not work with big companies to attract attention of kidnappers. I have never known him to be a criminal and nobody has lodged complaint agaianst his wife since she was married into our family. Since their abduction in July 5,I have not heard anything about their whereabouts, not even from any security organisation.
“Please, help me tell President Jonathan, Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the Inspector-General of Police, to show concern in this matter. My son and his wife were not taken away by ghosts; they were human beings. There is no way the security agencies can claim ignorance of this thing because we have had one Alfa that has been talking from day one of the abduction about the whereabouts of my son and we have asked the police to investigate the person to tell them more about what he knows,” she cried out.
The principal witness to the bizarre incident, Lukman ,a cleric and dry-cleaner also narrated how the incident happened to Crime Alert. “The most worrisome aspect of the whole thing was for some people to force themselves into somebody’s home in the midnight claiming to be policemen and took a couple away for over one month and refused to disclose where they took them to.
I think they are being persecuted unjustly. We have a suspect and we have since alerted the Police at Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos and we are praying that he should be picked up to say all he knows about the ugly development. My greatest worry now is that I have been noticing strange movements around our residence and I am also afraid of being abducted.
“That very day, they searched both apartments and found nothing and they even confirmed it to me that they did not find anything incriminating in the course of their searches. After we had formally reported to Sango Police Division, they sent a police man who came and also conducted a search. He, too, did not see anything incriminating and then he left. Presently, I am afraid that I, members of my family and the five children of the abducted cleric left in my care are also in danger. Even people dressed like Islamic clerics have been spying on us and we have been seeing men in dark glasses who would come to survey our area and disapear. I reported to the police, they did not do anything about it, this worries me,” Lukman said.
He also told Crime Alert that formal reports have been made to all the necessary security agencies including the Sango police station, the State Security Service, SSS, Ota Office, and that they have visited and contacted SARS, Ikeja and Abeokuta,
Federal SARS as well as the Zone 2 Command of the Nigerian Police, Onikan, Lagos were also informed, for possible location of the victims and that they were told that the operation was not known to them and so could not locate them.
He, however, added that if the suspect whose details had been submitted to the AIG Zone 2 was picked up, “from all that we have gathered from him and many of those that have spoken with him,” he
would be able to help the security forces in unravel the mystery surrounding the whereabout of the abducted cleric and his wife.
Meanwhile, it was reliably gathered that the children of the victims; Aisha,8, Khaleed, 6, Umar,5, Ismail,3, and 18-month-old Muhammad, have continued to groan over the absence of their parents.