A Twitter user @deeejerh took to the platform to make an uncommon accusation against almajiri kids, who she claimed kidnapped and murdered her 13-year-old cousin while being led by an 11-year-old boy.
According to her, two of the almajiri kids who are currently in police custody confirmed that they kidnapped her cousin from Tarauni, took him to Bye-Pass in Kano and strangled him.
The tweets of the lady who is now campaigning with #endalmajirinow, reads;
My Cousin(13yrs) was kidnapped & killed by 4 Almajiris. They kidnapped him from Tarauni, took him to Bye-pass. Tied him up & strangled him to death. Two of them are in Police Custody now, the oldest of them is 11years Old
The 11year old boy started having nightmares screaming & calling out names in his sleep ‘mu muka kashe Abdulmalik’ that’s how the Malam get to know about their evil deeds. And reported them.
This follows up CNN’s report of Almajiri kids learning a life of poverty and violence. The report reads in part;
One young man sent by his family from neighboring Niger told CNN how the schools use him and other children as foot soldiers in religious clashes.
Fearing for his life, he spoke on condition of anonymity, telling how he lost his arm in 2000 in religious violence that killed about 1,000 people in the northern city of Kaduna.
“I blame my Quranic teacher, who sent me to fight during the riots,” he said.
“He has ruined my life.”
In 2000, about 1,000 people died in religious violence, and hundreds more two years later, after the Miss World competition was to be held in Kaduna. Many of the perpetrators came from the Almajiri.
The Nigeria-based Almajiri Education Foundation says on its Web site: ” ‘Almajiri’ is a word borrowed from Arabic for someone who leaves his home in search of knowledge in Islamic religion. In the ideal situation, the communities should support these children as they leave their families to become a servant of Allah.
“Unfortunately this has not been the case,” the foundation’s site continues, “and many young boys are leaving their homes only to end up in the streets begging. They have no one to turn to.”
Though there are no exact figures on the Almajiri, they are estimated to number in the millions.