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.

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.

 

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.