The teenage girl, Miss Ese Oruru, supposedly kidnapped from Bayelsa State by one Yunusa (aka Yellow) and taken to Kano since August for a forced marriage, is expected to reunite with her parents today.
Miss Ese was brought to Abuja yesterday from Kano amidst tight security, and is currently in the custody of the police at the Force Headquarters. She was supposed to have been given over to her mother on Tuesday by Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police, but unfortunately, her mother was unable to arrive Abuja in time for the occasion.
The Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Olabisi Kolawole, told newsmen that Ese’s mother, who scheduled to arrive Abuja on an early evening flight, eventually had to travel by road from Bayelsa as her flight arrangement was aborted.
Miss Oruru, who was driven into the Nigeria Police Headquarters in Abuja at exactly 12.55 pm, Premium Times reports, was dressed in an Hausa native attire and white hijab and came into the complex in the company of two women and three men, all dressed in Hausa native clothes. One of the men, believed to be Mr. Yellow arrived in handcuffs.
Meanwhile, the Kano Emirate Council while explaining its position on the Bayelsa girl’s case, refuted the allegation that the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II signed the marriage of Miss Ese Oruru and Yunusa Yellow. The council made their stand known while addressing newsmen at the palace. Walin Kano, Alhaji Mahe Bashir Wali, countered reports on the claimed abduction of the girl as untrue and baseless. As Bashir Wali said,
The girl in question, Aisha Chuwas was sent to the emir’s court by the District Head of Kura, along with the village head and a man named Inusa. “The district head reported that he had received a report from the village head that the young girl from Bayelsa state, Ese Oruru had followed Inusa to his village and accepted the Islam.
Walin Kano further explained that Yunusa had brought her home to Kano for the purpose of marrying her considering the fact that she feared her mother could kill her for converting to Islam. In addition, he said that when the emir reviewed the report, he transferred the matter to the Shari’a Commission for investigation and in a report dated September 7, 2015, the commission made a recommendation for Miss Ese Oruru to be taken back to her family because she was less than 18 years.
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According to a copy of the emir’s letter sent to the AIG Zone 1, Kano obtained by Daily Trust,
The girl has not yet reached the age where she could take decisions attributed to her without the approval of her parents. Therefore the girl should be handed over to AIG in charge of Bayelsa state for onward return to her family.
Alhaji Mahe Bashir Wali made it known that the teenage girl was properly handed over to the AIG as following the emir’s directive since September 2015, and until the recent turmoil, there was no clue whatsoever showing that the order of the emir was not executed and there was no time the girl in question was in the custody of the emir or any official of the emirate council.
The emirate council therefore urged the media and members of the public to first make serious inquiries and cross-check facts before publishing fake information that may result in discord among the different ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria.