Patience, who hails from Benue State, was released after the Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, ordered an investigation into the matter. She said her abductor and some Hisbah (Sharia police) personnel had taken her to an imam in Runjin Sambo area of Sokoto with a claim that she wanted to convert to Islam.
Her words: “I was sent to buy biscuits and on my way I saw him (her abductor) and he persuaded me to come to his bungalow. They first took me to Sarkin Baki house, and kept me there for 7 months before my parents came looking for me. They gave me something to drink, but I refused to take the drink, and they took me to one room and locked me inside the room.
They forcefully made me to turn to Muslim and gave me another name, Aisha. Some people wanted to marry me, but the Sarkin Baki refused and said until I finish Islamic school before they marry me off. He ( my abductor ) was forcefully making love to me any time he wanted.”