The Hisbah Committee under the Sharia Board in Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital, has raised alarm over the increasing cases of missing children in the state.

The State Director of Sharia and Special Adviser to the Governor on Sharia Matters, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad Lamne, made the remark during a press briefing on the board’s achievements in 2016.

He said out of the 500 cases recorded last year, the Hisbah committee recorded 115 cases of missing children but 42 of them were recovered and returned their parents.

He appealed to parents to always monitor the whereabouts and movement of their children at all times in order to ensure their safety. 

According to him, there were also 44 cases of unwanted pregnancy in 2016.

He said: “We also recorded 17 incidents in which babies were thrown away, we recovered four dead bodies, treated one homosexual case, 18 forced marriages and 9 cases of Hajj fraud last year.”

Besides, Alhaji Lamne said 501 other cases arising from disputes between spouses, friends, parents and their children were successfully settled by the Hisbah committee while it took 134 other cases to court for prosecution.

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