Mercy Tarfa, founder of Du Merci Orphanage, Kano State, has claimed that there are plans to convert 27 children rescued from the home last year to Islam.
Mercy told WGE that the oldest of the 27 permanently refused to convert to Islam in the Nasarawa Children’s Home.
She said that the whereabouts of four of the children were unknown while their cell phones were being confiscated.
On December 25, 2019, police and officials from the National Agency for the Prohibition and Trafficking of Persons stormed the orphanage at No. 15 Iroko Avenue, Nomansland, Kano and arrested one of the owners of the house, Prof Solomon Tarfa.
The law enforcement officials claimed that the orphanage had been working for years without approval, which is why they brought the rescued children to Nasarawa Children’s Home’s of the Kano State government.
She said: “After the continuing refusal of the oldest child of the house to be converted, this led to a small fracas in the Nasarawa children’s home where they were transferred to since Christmas Day.
“The Commissioner for Women’s Affairs was invited to restore common sense. At the end of the day, four oldest children were moved to an unknown destination, while their mobile phones were seized. “
After the development, Mercy sought the urgent intervention of the leaders of the Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria and the Christian Association of Nigeria to stop the alleged strong conversion of the children to Islam.
She commented: “” The police and NAPTIP said they had saved the children from the sale. I now no longer know why children whom the police claimed to have saved are now forced to convert to Islam?
“The management of the Nasarawa House smuggled two women into the house, who individually invited the rescued children to an office and persuaded them to convert to Islam.
“If you accept to be converted, you will be offered a wife and a home as an incentive to embrace Islam.”
She also called on the federal government to intervene urgently in the case and to ensure the release of her husband in police custody since Christmas Day.