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, Ese Rita Oruru, who was allegedly abducted by one Yinusa, an indigene of Kano state.
According to a national daily, 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 all in vain.
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, but their promise to bring home Ese has remained unfulfilled, forcing the parents to take the issue to youths and civil society groups.
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 Oruru has not only been hypnotized but also recruited as a tool in the hand of an Islamic fanatical group in Kano State.
“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 abductors.”
“She is only 13-years-old and cannot give informed consent to marriage and 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 child.
“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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