Abducted Bayelsa girl leaves Kano under tight security

Ese Oruru (Aisha Chuwas)
Ese Oruru (Aisha Chuwas)

Ese Oruru, the teenager who was abducted from her Bayelsa home and moved to Kano for a forced marriage to one Yunusa Yellow, has left Kano and is on her way to the police headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.

The spokesperson for the Zone 1 Police Command, Rabilu Ringim, told a PREMIUM TIMES reporter who visited his office that a police team conveying Miss Oruru to the police headquarters in Abuja left Kano by road at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

The team, he said, comprised an assistant commissioner of police and other top ranking officers who were travelling under tight security.

“They are on their way already, and the parents are expected in Abuja today where they would be reunited,” Mr. Ringim said. “She is being taken to Abuja based on the express instruction of the IG.”

The police spokesperson said Miss Oruru was taken thorough medical check late Monday night to enable her to commence her journey back home early on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Ringim also later told another PREMIUM TIMES reporter on telephone that the teenager indeed claimed she was 17 in several conversations with the police.

He said she also claimed she feared for her life if allowed to return to her parents in Bayelsa, but that the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Zone, Shuaibu Gambo, assured that no one would harm her.

Reports say Miss Oruru was abducted from her Bayelsa home about eight months ago, and her parents, after trailing her to Kano, battled for months to have her back. They did not succeed.

Her case however caught the attention of the Nigerian authorities and citizens after the PUNCH newspaper did a detailed story on the matter on Sunday.

In an audio clip obtained exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, Miss Oruru was heard telling a security official that she was not abducted, and would like to remain in Kano.

The police initially prevaricated in taking a decision on her release based on that claim, a development that irked many Nigerians.

A number of human rights activists and lawyers who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday unanimously said Miss Oruru should be reunited with her parents without delay.

On Tuesday morning, a rights group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), called on Nigerian authorities to immediately ‎commence the prosecution of Yunusa Yellow, the man who allegedly abducted the minor from her Bayelsa home, and took her to Kano for underage marriage.

In a statement Tuesday morning by its Executive Director, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC said Yunusa‎’s action “violated the law and caused a Christian family to go through a traumatic period‎.”

Mr Akintola, a professor, said the alleged abductor should be charged to court in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, and then before a Sharia court in Kano if it is proven that he had canal knowledge of the girl.


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  • clairvoyance

    So if Punch as not started the campaign to free the girl the police would not have done their job? I was even ashamed when I read on punch what the IG said that he was waiting for the Emir to give is express approval before the girl could be released in a clear case of Kidnap, what an heck.

    • Correctness

      This confirms Nigeria a zoo.

      • eddy

        Just like ur fathers house!

        • Correctness

          This confirms you one of the animals in zoo.

          • eddy

            And u confirm that ur father impregnated his dog that gave birth to u.

          • Correctness

            How else can one know them? Just by their fruits. Animal.

          • eddy

            Takes one to know one. Beast!

          • Correctness

            You know them by their useless fruits. Cursed animal.

          • eddy

            When a beast starts to call others names, u know there is a problem.

          • Correctness

            You know them by their useless fruits. Cursed animal

          • eddy

            And the beast is still at it!

          • Correctness

            what else can a cursed zoo animal do? continue to bear useless fruits.

          • George

            You will know peace eddy you from desert.

      • cyprian nzekwe

        if Nigeria is a zoo, then you must be an animal

        • Correctness

          Statement typical of animals in zoo. So you assume anybody you see online or makes comment here is a Nigerian? The premise of your logic is totally faulty. Typical Nigerian.

    • Rumournaire

      The whole story was hyped. This was a case of a 17-year-old wayward girl eloping with an 18-year-old boyfriend. Her parents certainly knew what was going on between them but were embarrassed by her disappearance, so they falsified the story by saying she was 14 and had been kidnapped. Don’t always believe stories in the media because they are often “sexed up” to achieve an objective!

      • utolason

        Even if you’re correct about her age, she is still under age. By the way, does her facial feature look like someone of 17?

      • David francis

        You are just a senseless fool,I pray all the girls in your family should be abducted in the same way including all your female children so you can understand what is going on

        • Abidilagungun

          God forbid! Never let your rage get the better of reason. The guy was insensitive and presumptuous but you don’t curse him and his family

      • George

        Hausa are wonderful creatures turning everything turn-able to their useless advantage.

        Is it a right thing to even go away with once daughter even is she is 20years talk less of school GIRL and they don’t even know the meaning of school girls upper North because they don’t go.

        I pray God to punish every man and woman who has aided to cover this matter till this day may all their daughters witness same treatment in their life time including the PT AND THE EMIR.

        • Rumournaire

          I agree with you completely. Regardless of the girl’s age, even if she is “madly in love” a responsible man would speak with the girl’s parents and go through the marriage procedure before taking her away. But these northern Muslims have no respect for such norms. That is what BH and ISIS have been doing to young girls.

          But I also emphasise that parents have an important part to play in this kind of saga. Parents have stopped parenting, largely leaving their children to any influence that comes their way. That is why a girl could go into a relationship with an “okada” rider who would take her away. I believe our media are not emphasising this aspect enough. Ese’s parents failed, and we should say so!

          • Amir

            I resist being angry over your wishy washy argument. First, the girl’s elder brother is 16, how can she be 17? If you say it’s poor parenting, was she the only child ‘poorly parented’ in the family? Is there any justification for a boy or man to be walking up and down the street looking for people ‘poorly parented’ either to kidnap or to forcefully marry? In your warped logic the kidnapper is ‘well parented’? Several times we see families being friendly with people from other tribes, accepting them as any other member, that should not be a license to maltreat or encroach with wickedness. If the girl was 17 and not kidnapped why was she not allowed to speak with the parents on phone or even write? Why was she not allowed to see the mother when she went to Kano? Why couldn’t your ‘well parented kidnapper’ inform the parents of his intention? The list goes on…I do not know your yardstick for measuring good parentage online, but note that the girl is still in school. She is still privileged compared to those whose parents could not afford to send to school! Stop promoting criminality with your warped mindset.

          • Rumournaire

            First, let me tell you that I have two grown-up daughters who are happily married and also have children. So you can be sure I know something about parenting. I said absolutely nothing about whether the 18-year-old boy who went away with Ese was well-parented. So, i don’t know where you got the idea that I was defending him. Each parent has a responsibility for his or her child, and I insist that Ese’s parents failed her. You don’t have to agree, but that is my view – you are entitled to yours. And I suggest you stay civil in your disagreement. (I don’t respond to abusive language in these fora.)

            The media told us that Ese was not allowed to speak with her mother. That is what the media said, but it may or may not have been so. Did you read the transcript of the media interview with Ese? My own uncle’s daughter turned wayward. In that process, she fell very ill and was hospitalised. When the father went to see her in the hospital, the girl told the nurses that she did not want to see her father. You get it? The point here is that it may have been Ese that said she did not want to speak with her parents because she did not want to return to Bayelsa. It underscores my point that we should not swallow stories in the media hook-line-and-sinker.

            There are irresponsible men out there, and we have no control over them because they are not under our authority. But we do have control and responsibility for our own children. When parents abdicate that responsibility, children grow wild. I have no interest in Yinusa who is definitely irresponsibly brought up in a bigoted culture. My comment focuses on Ese and her parents.

          • Amir

            You seem to be transferring your family (uncle’s) experience to Ese’s family. You should first base your analysis on the information so far released into public space by the press. As reports unfold we will get a clearer picture of what went wrong on either side. When stories like this break, our corrupted reasoning as Nigerians begin to wander and speculate even the unknowns. For civility and as respect to the innocent girl and her family, we must not insult them at their trying period by accusing them of ‘poor parenting’ or blaming them. All kinds of things like incantations, voodoo, juju, spiritual wickedness, hypnosis, etc are out there practised and employed by people against others such that even adults call fall victim. Your personal scepticism over the management of this story by the press should not be the yardstick, afterall the essential motive of the press/story is to get a ‘trapped’ child released to the parents. Even a legal prosecution will not focus on level of parental control. You are definitely entitled to your opinion but do not extend it as attack or negative assessment of a family you hardly know except for this story. A wild child that fell into danger has as much the same right of protection and rescue from law enforcement agencies as the best behaved child!

          • Yeipyeng Musa

            You should not justify this criminality by attributing it to failed parenting. This issue of forceful marriage and abduction has been going on for a long time in Northern Nigeria. Many of these cases have been grossly underreported. Ese’s mum is really privileged because they media helped to mainstream her plight and it has yielded positive results.

          • Abubakar Haske

            I think you people from south south used to live with a girl and even impregnated them without getting married but you called this as a trail. Because I met one of kind called Osong in hospital with such girl but when asked for their relationship he was confused as they are not married hence he can not say they are husband/wife relationship but trail stage of marriage. Imagine how you use to give birth to your generation as your fore fathers did to you. So every reasonable person person has nothing to say about your robish and hatred comments about Hausa/Fulani and Muslim in general.

          • Rumournaire

            My friend, don’t get angry. The fact that there are promiscuous people who sleep with and impregnate girls without marrying them does not trivialise the evil of forcefully marrying under-aged girls under whatever culture or religion. If you come from such a culture, don’t get mad online – go and educate your people and get them stop the unwholesome practice. There are other unwholesome practices all over the country, and indeed in the whole world. But you must not because of that ignore the evil practice around you. Let the change start with you!

        • Abubakar Haske

          I pity you

      • wode

        I like that. You get the real picture of the issue. This wouldn’t have been any issue were it not to be the inter-tribal and inter-religious colorations that it has. Most of the these young guys and girls can go to any extent when they find themselves in “love” and they sense that the parents may serve as obstacle to their relationship.

      • sab

        Even if she is of age, ripe for marriage, is it right for marriage formalities or rites be performed by the Kano Muslims without her parents presence and approval? So you want to tell me a boy comes back home with a girl and marriage rites are performed without questions, presence of girl’s parents?

        • Rumournaire

          Please see my response to a similar point raised by @George below.

  • Ochlab

    I think it is a case of a wayward girl and failed parents. She could actually be 13 years as at when she was taken away. I don’t believe she was kidnapped. The parents did not give her appropriate upbringing. She is that type you need to only give guguru and epa and she will follow you anywhere. Her parents especially, should be ashamed of themselves. If it was a “christian southern” boy that did this, nothing would have come out of it.

    • Di Sleeky Mann

      Do you even understand what it means to kidnap a child? Weather she went with him willing or not, it still amount to kidnap because she is a minor.. Minor can be wayward, a 18 years old man should know better. Kids will always be kids till they grow. This has nothing to do with failed parent as teenagers always have their own mind.

      • Ochlab

        Unfortunately you are explaining what you don’t know. The girl was not kidnapped, but abducted. There is a big difference. Do a little learning. Irrespective of the crimes committed by any of the actors in this ugly scenario, the biggest burden from my own point of view is on the parents.

        • Di Sleeky Mann

          Ok, let us assume that I do not know, tell me what you know.
          Under the law, if an adult takes away a minor without the consent of the parent, what do you call me irrespective of their relationship? Parents can only train their child, a child has his/her mind as you can see from her actions. I am not here to argue….If you believe that it was not a kidnap, good for you..

          Child abduction or child theft is the unauthorized removal of a minor (a child under the age of legal adulthood) from the custody of the child’s natural parents or legally appointed guardians.

  • Prophet

    When some of us have issues worth discussing, they can contact us…..otherwise, carry on with your wild selves!

  • sab

    Ochlab this your position is absolutely out of context. Did you at all read the details of this story before you arrived at your conclusion? A 13-year-old, in her mother’s shop was taken away and you are saying this. God! This is ridiculous. No matter how bad the society has degenerated it hasn’t gotten to the level of a 13-year-old to elope with a man. Tell us another story man!.

    • Ochlab

      I have been following this story and I can say that this 13 years old girl is not 13 at heart. In one of her photographs I saw, she has painted lips. I can’t exonerate the actions or inactions of all players in this matter, especially the boy who eloped with her, but the parents have much repentance to make and much work to do.

      • aisha ani

        This not how young girls used to run off to kalakuta republic to be with Fela way back, it is nothing new. The girl just may have gone with the guy willingly, they should question their neighbors to find out.

        • cyprian nzekwe

          gbam. Young girls abandoning homes to live with lovers is a daily occurrence in the south south. The interest in this case is that the 14-year old urhobo girl eloped with an 18-year old lover who happened to be a northerner and a muslim

  • Debekeme

    She was born in 2002.. That makes her 14 years.

    This is totally unacceptable.

    • Sean

      Are you her father or mother??

      • Debekeme

        Her father was interviewed on AIT. I just watched the interview and he stated her birth date. But its possible you would know better than the father when the girl was born. (Interview is also online)

        Dont be emotional about these matters. There is right and wrong in all matters. Deep in your heart, irrespective of your tribe or religion, you know something is wrong here.

        I have children. No matter how bad i am as a father, no one has the right to take my 14 year old daughter from my home without my consent,

        If you feel its appropriate for the 14 year old to be taken from her parents in such a manner, then i leave you to your conscience and your God.

  • amazing2012

    See her beautiful picture in hijab like Mary mother of Jesus ! Please go, God will be with you. You are most welcome back when you are 18 years ! If Christians did not kill you before then.

    • Otile

      Son of Ishmael, see what you are doing to me here. Why are you oppressing us this way? Moslems come down to our area abduct our girls, convert then and turn around to preach al-Taqiyya. You are now mocking us, tantalizing us concerning her beauty. What you are doing to us is like sleeping with a man’s wife and showing him your dick. It is ungodly.

      • amazing2012

        The cursed and english slave, please what is your connection with this girl ? religion ? did she tell you guys that she is abducted and forced to another religion ? or is her age that determine that ? what is the proper age of conversion to another religion ? does the constitution prescribe the age of conversion ?
        on her dressing, check how Mary mother of your God dressed. Pagan, are you denying Mary ? answer don’t dodge !

    • FormerNigerian

      you people are terrorists and pedophiles.

    • john Ogwuche

      amazing or whatever you call yourself, I decree in the name of Jesus Christ, the name that is above all other names, that you will be arrested by the Holy Spirit, accept Jesus and become an Evangelist in Jesus Mighty name I decreed. Amen

      • amazing2012

        I am already an evengelist preaching the gospel of truth(Islam). I believed in Jesus Christ son of Mary born without father just as Adam with father and mother and Eve without mother. I also believed Jesus was sent to lost sheep of Israel and believed in his massage and that of all prophets that come before him.
        So what else do you want to believe ? Hanging cross ? Singing,Dancing and jumping in the disco hall ? Drinking alcohol, eating swine, lies, nakedness, consuming interest, believing in pastors than God or what ?

        • john Ogwuche

          I have prayed and decreed that you will carry Bible and preach in the name of Jesus Christ as a Christian just like Saul. The Spirit of God will bring you out. You condemn alcohol but your states government use proceeds from the sales of alcohol to finance your budgets. Is that not hypocrisy?

          • amazing2012

            I am using bible already except if the type of your preaching you are praying for me to join. That is drinking, dancing, collecting offering, hanging idol, free sex, eating pig meat, etc
            Tell my government the money is from alcohol proceeds they will stop collecting it.

    • Otile

      Why then did you deceive us that his criminal relative Mr Yunusa the kidnapper is a boy of 17 when his father is saying 22? You know very well that the girl is only 13. I hate Taqiyya in Islam.

      • amazing2012

        Cursed English slave: what I know he is 18, 18 and 100 is the same he is going to face the law, if found guilty to be proscuted. On Aisha (not Eze) I only know she is 14, 13 or 14 does not make any difference because all the ages are leveled as minor by the constitution. So you see how st..pid Christians can be in probing point.

        • Otile

          You got a twisted mind and need deliverance from the evil spirit. Don’t hide under Islam to propound profanities.

          • amazing2012

            Cursed English slave: you remember my prophetic analysis on Aisha’s case ?
            Now she is five months pregnant. Christians eager to humiliate Islam has stated to exposes interesting trend. Further prediction will reveal to you that the parents will continue to suffer because Christians will continue to push them. Unfortunately not in good faith but simply because Islam is mention. To probe this for instance is for the mother of Aisha to travel from Bayelsa to Abuja by road. No single Christian can afford flight ticket for her. But can spent the whole days abusing Islam pretending to love the family.
            Continuetion of my prophetic vision:
            With five months pregnancy, and the court confirming who is responsible from the girl, it will be additional evidence to proscute the boy for rape beside abduction. Then the boy will be sentence to let say 2″ years (maximum). All the chrsitians will jubilate, some will even say he should have been killed.
            Then Aisha and her baby will stay for 20 years to see her husband and the child to see his/her father. What an agony created by Christians ? Again the parents had and will continue to suffer humiliation, sleepless night, sadness and prostration for the rest of their lives, ( all these created by Christians).
            The girl will seek protection of the law and she will be under government protection, may be Bayelsa state government. If the girl is lucky to stay alive, the church did not kill her.
            You see the entire issue was pronounce so loud that the receiving end are the parents of Aisha, the child and the married lady. (She is married because according to Christian culture anybody who impregnated a woman, she has become his wife. All what remain is to formalize the union. I have attended lots of marriages in different churches where couple come to formalize marriage with children following them.
            When Christians want to attacks Islam, they become blind and eventually attacked themselves severely.
            The father of Aisha sense this very well when he states that “the police should have killed the matter”. It the church that pushed and pronounce the whole issue, believing it will use this to humiliates Islam. Unfortunately is has failed, for instance if this lady went to LAGOS for prostitution no one will uttered a single word. If she convert to Hinduism and change her name to Indian and engage in open ashawo no body will say she is wrong. But because Kano and Islam is mentioned everybody is opening his stinking mouth to pour venum on Islam.