For allegedly converting one Miss Nabila Umar Sanda Galadima,18-year-old Nabila, daughter of a traditional title holder in Biu, Borno State from Islam to Christianity on a flight from United Kingdom, a Nigerian lecturer identified as Engineer Simput Eagles Dafup was reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS after a raid on his home in Jos, Plateau state.
Daily Trust gathered that Nabila was reported to have been abducted in Abuja on December 1, 2017. Her father was said to have reported to the DSS that his daughter was missing, and was then traced to the house of one Pastor Jerry Datim in Jos.
It was gathered that Nabila, a 200 Level student of Mass Communication at the Bingham University in Nasarawa State, had converted to Christianity while at the University and after she met Dafup, a lecturer, in Ghana four years ago on a flight to Dubai for the Christmas break, they reconnected and that was when she expressed her intentions to fully convert to Christianity.
Datim told Daily Trust on phone that Nabila had converted to Christianity while at Bingham University, and met the Nigerian lecturer in Ghana four years ago on a flight to Dubai. Pastor Jerry further explained that though Nabila’s father was aware of her intention to convert, but said it was unacceptable by him.
Mother of the arrested Nigerian lecturer, Mrs. Dafup, who spoke to newsmen said the DSS officials who stormed her son’s home heavily armed and with in 5 Hilux vans, brutalized and tortured her son before they whisked him away, adding that even passersby were assaulted in the process.
“Nobody has contacted me or any member of my family as to the where about of my son. I, however, know as a fact that some of the people that were found in the premises with my son and who were also assaulted and brutalized with my son were taken to the Plateau state command of DSS.”
“While at the DSS office in Jos, they never met or saw my son there. The men suspected to have whisked my son put a mask on him and the others. The other people who were taken to DSS office in a mask are here with me to confirm my narration” she said.
Facebook user, Mfon Abel Ekene who shared the story of the arrest of the Nigerian lecturer, wrote
This is my friend Simput Eagles Dafup
He is from Jos.
He has been arrested by DSS.
I was shocked when I read about it in the news
He was arrested for preaching to a Muslim girl who later converted to Christianity on a flight from United Kingdom to Nigeria.
Simput was one of my first set of Facebook friends and we keep regularly in touch.
Simput is one of the best computer engineers Africa can boast of.
He lectures in Ghana and never stopped visiting his home very regularly.
SImput will always tell me he is sad what is going on in his community. The level of poverty and hopelessness.
He wanted the live of his people and the whole of Plateau to be better and he has contributed in his on little way.
He will chat me up about how things can be better in Plateu and Nigeria.
I remember asking him to relocate back and take up leadership position in his state and help make a difference. He was very willing.
He has an invention to his name which he told me last was on the stage of finalizing. An invention that will make the life of people better
But this young man, with his talent and dreams is at the edge of life.
His only crime is being a Christian and talking to someone about his faith. And the individual voluntarily converted to Christianity not immediately but at her own space.
Where is justice?
Recall that in November 2017, Hauwa Dadi, a 13-year old girl in Yobe state was abducted and was reportedly kept at the palace of the Emir of Gashua, Alhaji Abubakar Suleman, who wanted to marry her off to an aide.
However her release came, following the intervention of a civil rights group, Stefanos Foundation, as as well as the media.