Bayelsa State Chapter of the Child Protection Network has called on the
Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, to intervene in securing the
release of a 13 year-old girl named Ese Rita Oruru, who was allegedly
abducted by one Yinusa, an indigene of Kano state.
According to The Sun, Yinusa who resides in Opolo, Yenagoa, had abducted
Ese on August 12 2015 and eloped with her to Kano and has refused to
allow her return home.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oruru had allegedly made several visits to Kano to secure her release.
Their efforts have been abortive as the said Yinusa’s kinsmen insisted
that Ese, who they now refer to as ‘Aisha’, belongs to them as they are
ready to pay the necessary bride price.
The matter was reported to the Police and the Department of State
Security, DSS and their promise to bring home Ese has remained
unfulfilled, forcing the parents to take the issue to youths and civil
In a press conference addressed by Mr. Kizito Andah of the Child
Protection Network, yesterday, he said, “We strongly believe that the
said Miss Ese Rita Oruruhas not only has been hypnotized but also
recruited as a tool in the hand of an Islamic fanatical group in Kano
“Civil society and youth groups in Bayelsa are ready to stage a protest
and press home the demand for the release of Ese from the custody of her
“She is only 13-years-old and cannot give informed consent to marriage and is still held hostage.”
Andah warned against an ethno-religious crisis which the abduction and
forceful conversion into Islam could trigger in Bayelsa state.
“Her parents are petty traders who are putting all efforts to meet the needs of their children.
“Securing her return would not only make history in our strong desire to
continually protect our children, but also reemphasize and stamp our
indelible position against the acts of these culprits.
“We, therefore, call for all to join our voices to prevail on the Kano
State Government, the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to urgently
release Miss Ese Rita Oruru.
“We demand for the prosecution of her abductors under the appropriate
law and jurisdiction as it is of urgent national security and public
interest,” Andah stated.
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