Ese Oruru: Hearing Of Abduction Case Shifted Till Dec. 8

Ese Oruru, AbductionThe hearing of the case of 14-year-old, Ese Oruru, allegedly abducted from Bayelsa state has been shifted to December 8, 2016.

The postponement follows the absence of the presiding judge of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Monday.

Although both the prosecuting counsel and the defense team were present in the court for continuation of the hearing, no reason was given by the court officials on the absence of the judge.

The accused, Dairu Yinusa who is currently on bail was also present in court and his lawyer, Mr Kayode Olaosebikan, told journalists that he is eager to have the case concluded.

Meanwhile, the parents of Ese Oruru who were also present in court expressed concern over the outcome of the case, as well as the education and living conditions of their daughter and her baby, owing to their inability to adequately cater for their needs.

Dairu is accused of conspiring to abduct Ese to Kano and is facing a five-count charge of criminal abduction, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.

He pleaded not guilty to all. A lawyer in the defense counsel’s team said they believed it was ‘a typical case of Romeo and Juliet’ and that they do not believe that Ese was 13 years old.

Charges against Yunusa were filed after Miss Oruru was handed over to her parents after six months of her alleged abduction.

He was granted bail of three million Naira and two sureties of like sum who were asked to present three years tax clearance receipts.

 

Ese Oruru’s Alleged Abduction: Court Grants Yinusa Dahiru Bail

Ese OruruJustice Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa has granted Yunusa Dahiru a.k.a Yellow, bail with stringent conditions over his arraignment for a five-count charge bordering on abduction, illicit affair and rape of 14-year-old Ese Oruru.

Yinusa Dahiru was granted bail of three million Naira and two sureties of like sum who must present three years tax clearance receipts to be verified by the court registrar.

Also, the two sureties who must be within the jurisdiction of the court, must be a title holder and a civil servant of Grade 12 above.

Counsel to Yinusa, Kayode Olaosebikan in his written address brought the application for bail in pursuant of sections 158 and 162 of the administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 Section 36 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

While speaking, he argued that it is a settled principle of criminal jurisprudence that granting bail is at the discretion of the court which shall exercise such powers judicially and judiciously.

He gave the assurance that the accused in line with the affidavit deposed to support the bail application would be present to stand trial.

The prosecution counsel, James Anata, in a 10-paragraph counter affidavit stated that it was difficult to arrest the defendant and bring him to court because he was protected by the Islamic Council, adding that granting Yinusa bail would enable him to escape and abscond from trial.

In his ruling, Justice Nganjiwa relying on Sections 158 and 162 of the administration of criminal justice noted that he has taken into consideration the argument of the two counsels and without hesitation wants to grant the accused bail in line with the powers of the court.

“In consideration of the application, what is taken into consideration is that the offence is bail-able and that the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. I am aware that the offence he is accused of is serious but that does not foreclose bail.

“That the accused might jump bail, it is incumbent on the court to impose conditions that would make the accused appear for trial. I hereby grant bail with three million Naira and two sureties of like sum residing in the jurisdiction of the court. One must be a title holder while the second surety must be a civil servant not less that Grade 12.

“The accused must not travel out of the country without the knowledge of the court. He is also to deposit his international passport in the court.  The court registrar must verify the claims of the sureties.”

He also added that the defence counsel must also sign an undertaking on the appearance of the accused for trial.

Justice Nganjiwa adjourned the case to April 19 for hearing on the application of the prosecution counsel to hear Ese Oruru’s evidence on camera.

Trial Of Ese Oruru’s Alleged Abductor, Yunusa Adjourned

Ese Oruru in-AbujaThe trial of Yunusa Dahiru, the alleged abductor of 14-year old Ese Oruru at a Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State has been adjourned till March 21.

The adjournment, according to the judge, became necessary as both the defence and prosecution counsels did not bring their cited authorities in their filed applications to court.

Yunusa also referred to as Yellow, is standing trial for alleged abduction, coercion, seduction into illicit intercourse, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of Miss Oruru.

He pleaded not guilty to all.

At Monday’s hearing, the prosecution counsel J. O. Alata filed a motion asking the court to grant him permission to take the evidence of the prime witness, Miss Oruru in private, but the defence counsel, Kayode Olaosebikan, opposed the motion.

‘A Case Of Romeo And Juliet’

The prosecution also filed a motion opposing an application of the defence regarding Yinusa’s bail, reminding the court that it took the Nigerian police over six months to apprehend Yinusa and that if granted bail he would abscond.

It further urged the court to disregard the application.

After the hearing, a lawyer, who is part of the defense counsel’s team said they believed it was ‘a typical case of Romeo and Juliet’ and that they do not believe that Ese was 13 years old.

Charges against Yunusa were filed after Miss Oruru was handed over to her parents after six months of her alleged abduction.

The prime suspect in the Ese Oruru’s abduction saga has been in the custody of the Police in Yenagoa since his arrest in Kano.

There were reports that he already gave his statement to the Bayelsa State Police Command and divulged those who were aware of his plans to abduct Ese Oruru.

The Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, told Channels Television’s correspondent that another accomplice to the crime was still at large.

He said that the Police had the names and other data of persons that would likely be invited for interrogation as the investigation progresses.

FG To Launch National Campaign Against Child Marriage

Child MarriageThe Federal Government has announced plans to launch a national campaign to end child marriage in 2016.

The Director of Women and Gender Affairs at the Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Esther Mshelia, said this at a meeting organised by the Ministry to sensitize those responsible for child protection at the state level.

She said that the launch will help mobilize support to end the upsurge in early child marriages and also address barriers to prosecution of culprits.

Deliberating on how the menace of child marriage can be put to an end, officials of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development said that they do not want a re-occurrence of the ugly incident of the abduction of Ese Oruru and several other young girls.

Discussions at the meeting also focused on how to work with key players in ensuring that the rights of the girl child is not violated as statistics from the ministry shows that Nigeria has a high prevalence of child marriage with the north eastern region ranking highest with 26%.

While early child marriage exposes the girl child to diseases and population explosion, health experts believe the menace also causes Nigeria a huge economic burden.

One key decision made at the meeting is that cases of early marriage must be reported and culprits appropriately sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to others.

Ese Oruru’s Suspected Abductor, Yinusa Arraigned

eseYinusa Dahiru, who is alleged to have abducted Ese Oruru has been arraigned at the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The suspect was arraigned before Justice Nganjiwa and accused of conspiring to commit abduction.

The suspect had five-count charges read out against him and he pleaded not guilty to all.

The prime suspect in the Ese Oruru abduction saga has been in the custody of the Police in Yenagoa since his arrest in Kano.

There were reports that he already gave his statement to the Bayelsa State Police Command and divulged those who were aware of his plans to abduct Ese Oruru.

The Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, told Channels TV correspondent that another accomplice to the crime is still at large but the Police has the names and other data of persons that would likely be invited for interrogation as the investigation progresses.

Ese Oruru’s Alleged Abductor Yet To Be Arraigned

ese oruruFive days after Ese Oruru was safely reunited with her family in Yenagoa, she is yet to go to her family house.

The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, who spoke with Channels TV correspondent, explained that with the consent of her parents, Ese would continue to call the Bayelsa State Police Officers Mess, home, as long as the case is still under investigation to ensure her continued safety.

Yinusa, the prime suspect in the Ese Oruru abduction saga is now in the custody of the Police in Yenagoa.

Yinusa, who is yet to be arraigned in court has already given his statement to the Bayelsa State Police Command and reportedly divulged those who were aware of his plans to abduct Ese Oruru.

The Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, while speaking with our correspondent, disclosed that another accomplice to the crime is still at large but the Police has the names and other data of persons that would likely be invited for interrogation as the investigation progresses.

Aside the Police who have taken up the responsibility of catering for the needs of Ese for the period of the investigation, other plans to rehabilitate Ese is still sketchy. The government of Delta State which is her state of origin is yet to disclose any plans for her rehabilitation.

To forestall a reoccurrence of abduction of minors in the society, the Police Commissioner advised parents and guardians to pay close attention to their children and wards.

He also advised the general public to not mix crime and other offences with religion as they are worlds apart.

Ese Oruru Meets With Governor Dickson

eseBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has met with 14-year-old Ese Oruru, who was freed from her abductors.

Ese met with the Governor on Thursday.

Her meeting with the Governor, which lasted for about 30 minutes, was held behind closed doors as journalists were banned from covering.

In a chat with newsmen after the meeting, the Governor promised to rehabilitate Ese. He also said that state authorities would prosecute all those who are involved in the alleged abduction.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had also called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, to ensure that all those involved in the abduction are prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Ese arrived Bayelsa State in company of her mother, Mrs Rose Oruru and some Police officers from Abuja on Wednesday.

She was allegedly abducted in August 2015 by one Yunusa Dahiru, also known as Yellow, and taken to Kano where she was also allegedly married off.

 

Police Service Commission To Sanction Officers Culpable In Ese’s Abduction

PoliceThe Police Service Commission has vowed to prosecute any Police personnel found culpable in the abduction of Ese Oruru.

The Commission made the declaration in a statement on Thursday while reacting to the abduction saga of 14-year-old Ese who was said to have been abducted and forced into marriage in Kano State, northwest Nigeria.

“The Commission is waiting on the ongoing investigation of some Police officers on the directive of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, and will ensure that any Police officer who is found to have compromised himself either by omission or commission in the saga will be flushed out,” the statement read.

The Commission also commended the Inspector General of Police for his swift action in rescuing the teenager and ensuring that she was immediately reunited with her family.

It added that it would work with the IGP to see that Nigerians, including the likes of Ese were guaranteed their freedom to life.

“The Police Service Commission is constitutionally mandated to exercise disciplinary action against members of the Police among other responsibilities and has the right to dismiss any officer found culpable in the ongoing abduction saga,” it maintained.

The ordeal of Ese started on August 12, 2015 in Yenagoa of Bayelsa State, when Yinusa a known customer of Ese’s mother, Mrs Rose Oruru, took her away from Bayelsa to Kano on the purported excuse that she had converted to Islam.

Yunusa was a Keke [tricycle] rider in Yenogoa, who sold all his belongings before he eloped with the girl.

Ese’s parents have travelled to Kano State on several occasions in the past six months with officers of the Nigeria Police Force to secure her release without positive result.

She had been released to the Nigeria Police Force subsequent to the directive of IGP Arase that Ese be reunited with her family.

Ese subsequently arrived Bayelsa State from Abuja, in company of her mother, Mrs Rose Oruru, and some Police officers on Wednesday.

Confirming the arrest of the alleged abductor of the teenager, Yunusa Dahiru, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, Shaibu Lawan, said that Yunusa would be prosecuted for taking away a minor from her parents.

Gov Dickson Set To Meet Ese Oruru

Minimum Wage-BayelsaBayelsa State Governor, Seriacke Dickson, is set to receive the freed abducted 14-year old Ese Oruru.

This was disclosed to Channels Television via a telephone chat with the Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

Ese arrived Bayelsa State in company of her mother, Mrs Rose Oruru and some police officers from Abuja yesterday (Wednesday).

She was allegedly abducted in August 2015 by one Yunusa Dahiru, also known as Yellow, and taken to Kano where she was also allegedly married off.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, to ensure that all those involved in the abduction are prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Exchanging views with the IGP in Abuja on Wednesday, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Professor Bem Angwe, commended the IGP, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and all other Nigerians, who rallied support towards the release of the 14-year old girl.

The Executive Secretary, who condemned in strong terms the abduction of Ese, stressed that the action was highly reprehensible and contravened Section 21 of the Child’s Rights Act.

Police To Reunite Ese With Family After Medical And Psychological Checks

Ese-Oruru-in-AbujaThe Spokesperson of the Nigerian Police, Bisi Kolawole said the abducted 14-year old, Ese Oruru, is currently in police custody and in the Gender and Child Care Protection Unit.

The Force PRO added that Ese is undergoing medical and psychological check-up after which she will be reunited with her parents today.

The Force PRO in a short speech read to the media also said an in-house investigation has been launched by the Inspector General of Police to vet the involvement of the Nigerian Police during the abduction period.

She said the abductor, Yunusa Dahiru, who is in police custody, and all other actors in the abduction will be brought to justice.

Ese’s mother, Rose Oruru, also at the briefing expressed her joy at the reunion with her daughter.

Both Ese and her mother, are billed to meet with the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, today.

They are billed for a 5PM flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt, en route Bayelsa State.

The Force PRO had yesterday told anxious journalists, who waited for several hours at the Police Headquarters in Abuja, that the inability of Ese’s parents to arrive on time led to the postponement of the exercise.

Ese was allegedly abducted eight months ago and moved to Kano for forced marriage.

She was freed on Monday night, following a directive by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to the Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Mohammed Katsina.

Police Hands Over Ese Oruru To Mother

Ese-Oruru-Alleged-AbductionThe much anticipated handover of Ese Oruru, the teenager allegedly abducted from her Bayelsa home has taken place.

The 13 year old was re-united with her mother today (Wednesday).

Spokesperson of the Nigerian Police, Missus Bisi Kolawole said the abducted 13 year old Ese Oruru, who is currently in police custody and in the Gender and Child Care Protection Unit, is undergoing medical and psychological check-up after which she will be reunited with her parents.

The Force PRO in a short speech read to the media also said an in-house investigation has been launched by the Inspector General of Police to vet the involvement of the Nigerian Police during the abduction period.

She said the abductor, Yunusa Dahiru who is in police custody, and all other actors in the abduction will be brought to justice.

Both Ese and her mother, are billed to meet with the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, today.

They are billed for a 5PM flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt, en route Bayelsa State.

The Force PRO had yesterday told anxious journalists, who waited for several hours at the Police Headquarters in Abuja, that the inability of Ese’s parents to arrive on time led to the postponement of the exercise.

Ese was allegedly abducted eight months ago and moved to Kano for forced marriage.

She was freed on Monday night, following a directive by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to the Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Mohammed Katsina.

 

Ese-Oruru-school-bag-and-sandals
Ese Oruru’s school bag and sandals left dusty. They have not been used for over seven months

In the meantime, rights group, the Muslim Rights Concern is asking the authorities to immediately commence the prosecution of Yunusa, the man alleged to have abducted her.

Her father, Mr Charles Oruru had told Channels Television in Yenagoa that Ese was the most courageous of his children and so he does not think that her alleged abductor took her to Kano on her free will.

This is affirmed by Ese’s siblings who believe something mystical may have been done to her to accept leaving Yenagoa for Kano.

In Bayelsa, Ese’s siblings are filled with anticipation to see their sister who they have not seen for over six months.

Eleven years old Lucky Oruru, the youngest in the family, seems to have missed his elder sister the most.

For her immediate elder brother, Kelvin Oruru, she is the younger sister that always preaches to him and accords him his due respect.

Energetic, brave, playful and obedient are some of the words used in describing Ese.

Eighteen years old Faith Oruru, believes Yunusa, the alleged abductor of Ese, is a pretender who warmed his way into the hearts of people in neighbour and hurt them when they least expected.

On allegations of Ese having an affair with Yunusa, the eldest child of the Oruru family, Patience Oruru, said it was impossible, as their parents inculcated in them strict Christian virtues.

Ese’s father also shared his plans on rehabilitating her and efforts he would put in place to ensure the unfortunate scenario would not re-occur in his home.

“When she comes back, I will make sure I will take her to a church where they will pray for her so that she will become very normal and apart from that, she will continue her school,” he stated.

The environment at her residence showed she [Ese] is clearly from a humble background and after going through such an ordeal at such a young age, the Orurus wish they are better placed in the society, so they could give Ese a better life.

Ese Oruru’s Father Sceptical She Was Taken On Her Free Will

Ese-OruruAlthough Charles Oruru, father of the allegedly abducted girl, Ese, could not go to Abuja for the handover of his daughter, he says he is awaiting her return with an open mind.

He told Channels Television on Tuesday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, that Ese was the most courageous of his children and so he does not think that her alleged abductor took her to Kano on her free will.

“I know my children. I know when they come back from school and that they normally come back with other children. When they go to the market, they come back together with their mother. They don’t  even go anywhere without telling the mother or myself.

“That is why I am saying it is not ordinary. How can a small girl of 13 years just run away from home without even any cloth except the one that is on her body? So it is not ordinary,” he stressed.

This is affirmed by Ese’s siblings who believe something mystical may have been done to her to accept leaving Yenagoa for Kano.

Her siblings say she has been a good student in class and wondered how she could have abandoned her choice of being educated for child marriage.

After Ese was handed over to the police on Monday, more than five months after she was allegedly abducted, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said she was crying, refusing to go back home, but that he had insisted that she must be reunited with her parents.