Nigeria Police admit negligence in handling of teenage girl, Ese Oruru’s abduction

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

The Nigeria Police acknowledged Thursday their handling of the abduction of a 14-year-old girl, Ese Oruru, from Bayelsa State was flawed and was responsible for the delay in reuniting the teenager with her family.

The Zone 1 command of the force said it failed to follow up with the Sharia Commission in Kano, where the girl was taken to in 2015.

Miss. Oruru was taken without parental consent to Kano by Yunusa Dahiru, a regular customer of her mother, a food vendor.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the zonal command, Shuaibu Gambo, said leaving the state Sharia commission to handle the case after the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, referred the matter to the command in August, complicated the situation.

“Indeed, the emir had sent a team of the Sharia commission members, Ese family and the abductor to our office in August [2015].

“And my predecessor, AIG Tambari Yabo, confirmed the receipt of the letter, as well as the team, from the monarch.

“But after meeting them, and realizing it was late, he directed that they come back the following morning.

“The following day, when the AIG didn’t see the Sharia commission officials and Ese family, he presumed that they had amicably settled the matter; because he is aware of the fact that Sharia commission had the ability to handle the case. But they had not done so.

“Giving the benefit of hindsight, it is evident that there was a failure of communication as the delegation never returned with the girl for onward transportation to her family. And no further report of complaint whatsoever was received in respect of the case again.

“On the part of the zone, when it did not hear from the delegation it innocently presumed that the case might have been resolved by the Sharia commission, which as you know, is also empowered to adopt alternative dispute resolution measures in cases of this nature,” he said.

Mr. Gambo stated further that the command traced Miss Oruru to the Sharia commission office on Monday after failure to get her in Tofa village.

The girl was reunited with her family on Wednesday after the intervention of police authorities in Abuja.

Mr. Gambo said the alleged abductor, Yunusa Yellow, was in police custody in Abuja and would face prosecution after investigation.

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  • Olusegun Adekoya

    Absolute rubbish from the Police….they can try to absolve Sanusi and other involved parties but this stinks and it is not going to go away any time soon. Its annoying sometimes living in the same country and called a Nigerian with these people…

    • SAPO

      WHAT THOSE FACTORIES IN ENUGU AND ONI SHA????????????

      • Otile

        You are a degenerate Yoruba man.

    • Really????????????????

      Really??????? i wonder why the so much noise about one little girl while
      we have baby Factories in “Biafraud” where under age girls of 13, 14.15
      and even 12 yrs old are abducted ,impregnated and their little babies
      sold out like chickens and nobody is held responsible??????? everybody
      has now joined the call for investigation and punishment while the
      police are fully aware of such incidents….i pity Nigeria and Nigerians
      wahala dey

  • sapo

    Really??????? i wonder why the so much noise about one little girl while we have baby Factories in “Biafraud” where under age girls of 13, 14.15 and even 12 yrs old are abducted ,impregnated and their little babies sold out like chickens and nobody is held responsible??????? everybody has now joined the call for investigation and punishment while the police are fully aware of such incidents….i pity Nigeria and Nigerians wahala dey

    • Wise Head

      Every case should be handled on its merit. If you have any cases to report, do so to the police. But in this case, your emir must go in for it no matter the rubbish you come here to type. He must prove he is not an accomplice to the crime. And since the boy’s father has said his is not responsible for the Ese’s pregnancy, you emir must explain who put the girl in the family way. There is no running away this time.It is a shame that Emir Sanusi with all his education and exposure can come so low to be involved with this. Yeye dey smell

    • Otile

      Oduduwafraud is bad for Nigerians. I know that before long the Yorubas will make a U turn to support the Fulani kidnapper and rapist Yunusa who abducted the little girl Ese. I know that sooner or later the Yorubas will turn to blame Igbo for this tragedy carried out by a whole Fulani community against this little girl. Ogbeni Sapo, we hear you. Nigeria needs to divide.

      • Wise Head

        @Otile, this Sapo fellow may not be a Yoruba. He is probably a Hausa/Funali e-rat that came here to divert attention from the real issue by creating a writing-war b/w the South West and the SE/SS so that they while fight, the main issue of the involvement of his posh-speaking emir’s involvement in this dirty scandal will be forgotten. What he merits is to be ignored.Let’s focus on calling for the emir’s investigation

        • Otile

          The fellow is very aggravating indeed. If this was done to his sister how would he feel?

    • Wise Head

      Every case should be handled on its merit. If you have any cases to report, do so to the police. But in this case, your emir must go in for it no matter the rubbish you come here to type. He must prove he is not an accomplice to the crime. And since the boy’s father has said his is not responsible for the Ese’s pregnancy, you emir must explain who put the girl in the family way. There is no running away this time.It is a shame that Emir Sanusi with all his education and exposure can come so low to be involved with this. Yeye dey smell.

      • CovertNigerian

        Your comment is illogical. First of fall, the burden of proof is not on the accused but on the accuser. In other words, it is not his responsibility to establish innocence but ‘the system’s’ responsibility to establish guilt. If you or anyone believe that in spite of all that has been reported, that the Emir is guilty, then by all means present evidence or something more logical than mud slinging. Also, as far as the pregnancy is concerned, paternity tests are not exactly cutting edge technology. The Emir shouldn’t need to explain anything. The girl can help in this regard more than the Emir.
        As far as I can tell, there is no actual evidence that the Emir acted incorrectly in this case. If it becomes available, I’ll happily join in condemning him.

  • Excisionist

    ” “On the part of the zone, when it did not hear from the delegation it innocently presumed that the case might have been resolved by the Sharia commission, which as you know, is also empowered to adopt alternative dispute resolution measures in cases of this nature,” he said. ”

    By the way, I believe that this is a fabricated story to protect the fraudulent “emir” of Kano. That city should restore the respect for the Emir by removing this con man and installing his better educated, better mannered better beloved and very religious cousin Dr. Bayero

    The Nigerian Police has to defer to sharia commission for a case of abduction of a Christian girl from a very distant state ? Is this a back door imposition of Sharia on Nigeria?

    To your tents Oh Israel !
    On excision we stand !!!

    • Alida modi

      The Bayelsans are seeing this case as an apportunity to tarnish the name of the Emir Sanusi as a way of getting their pound of flesh for his role in striking the first blow that brought down the Govt of their own headed by a daft clueless Jonathan,Afterall during the press briefing the Emir proved that he had nothing to do with the custody of the girl, he ordered her return to the parents several months ago and produced a copy of a letter to that effect.

  • Wise Head

    Emir Sanusi must be arrested and question now!!!!!! Shout it from rooftops! Find this premium Times story and read: Google it with this title: “EXCLUSIVE: Sanusi Lamido, his CBN mistress and their sweetheart escapades”

    • CovertNigerian

      What exactly do you suspect the Emir of being guilty of? By all accounts, he reported the situation to the police and requested that the child be reunited with her family. What more do you believe he was required to do under the law?

  • New Nigerian

    IG Arase, where is Tompolo? I can give you a clue – ask the Telecom operators for his numbers and let them also tell you based on records on their system where he is right now, this moment…they can. Stop wasting press on soft culture wars – without prejudice to the fact of the case of Ese, and what happened to her is despicable and all those who are culpable should be charged, it is time you prioritize what you spend the press on…Tompolo is a clear, present and consistent danger to NIgeria and Nigerians…produce him today ankd keep us updated on what you are doing to produce him….again, if you are serious, you can arrest him today. The telecom providers can tell you where he is or when he last used his phone from wherever and if he has left Nigeria they’d tell you through trails of his calls when he last spoke in Nigeria and if he used his phone abroad from where.

    • CovertNigerian

      Is this based on the assumption that his phone lines are registered in his name?

  • McAlfred Uta

    Complete balderdash from the Police. Thank God you admitted your usual incompetence but trying to exonerate somebody else (Emir Sanusi) is a flawed concussion and will not fly. Those who were culpable in the Police on this matter should be fished out and shown the way out of the force. If I recall IGP Arase alleged statement that he is waiting for Emir Sanusi to take action, then no attempt whether veiled, opaque or cooked can exculpate the deliberate cover up by the Police which Ese’s father have already exposed. This matter could have resulted in conflagration of the entire nation but for maturity shown by certain persons. And what is this new case of another Benue Christian girl abducted and alleged to be in the Sultan’s palace in Sokoto. I only hope it is not another case of the Police waiting for Sa’ad Abubakar to agree to the release of the 14 year old.

  • Sule

    PT & CO., this is yellow journalism and probably divisive. This issue need more answers than questions. For example, did you hear from the girl side, herself? Did you contact legal expert(s) to define the scenario as “abduction” or elopement? Did………..? To my surprise, most of news going around is tainted as “abduction” If I were Yunusa’s family, I would have claimed for damage.

    • Otile

      You Yorubas are something else. Yeah, blame the victim and brush the crime committed against her aside.

      • Alaba

        Most of the girls in the south started dating around the age of 11yrs, following men like bees while in the North they will marry them at that age.The two situation is abnormal.Parental care is absolutely lacking in this case.

        • CovertNigerian

          Most of the girls? maybe in your neighborhood but that’s not a reason to generalize.

          • Paul Young

            He has a point. Yes not all southern girls, but yes alot of them especially those from poor homes. This is especially true of Ijaw people(No offence to them). In Ijaw villages it is uncommon to see a 16 year old girl who doesn’t have a baby let alone isn’t yet sexually active.

          • CovertNigerian

            I won’t argue about the substance of that point. I have not observed it personally, but that isn’t enough to disprove it.
            That said I am frequently frustrated by the reckless misuse of language. People are frequently using words and phrases like – ‘all’, ‘most’, ‘I’m sure’, ‘always’ and so on when there’s absolutely no basis to do so.

          • TrueNja

            Ese is an Iroboh

          • Sincerely Yours

            This is one point I have to agree with you on.

          • Wise Head

            Both of you have agreed all the while – and that is, if you are not the same person!

          • Otile

            Are you saying that the Fulani men are therefore free to come down and help themselves with the minors? If so, what does morality mean to them?

        • Otile

          When will you yorubas start reasoning well? Do you have to generalize in every situation?

    • CovertNigerian

      Even if the child went willingly and as long as the man is an adult, he committed a crime in taking the girl across the country without parental consent. Don’t forget, he may be responsible for the reported pregnancy as well. That said, please explain on what basis you think his family can make any claims.

    • TrueNja

      This is the reason why you and your people are so backward.

    • Wise Head

      You can’t possibly “elope” with a girl of 14 years. Even if a girl of 14 years begs you to sleep with her, and you consent, you will be tried for rape and criminal violation.She has not reached the age of consent. So, even if she she followed the guy, it is abduction,okay.

  • Paul Young

    If we were in America, human rights lawyers will be lining up now to sue the Emir, Nigerian police and the Yinusa boy. The family could make millions off this case. Whilst the money cant compensate for their daughters trauma, it will serve as a deterrent to the aforementioned people to take such cases seriously next time

    • CovertNigerian

      I give up. People keep mentioning the Emir and maybe I missed the information, but was is it that you think he’s guilty of?

      • Paul Young

        1)The emir was aware of the girl being in his palace living with one of his subjects knowing full well that she was a minor.
        2) He clearly admitted that they brought the girl to his palace for permission for marriage and he refused saying she is too young and she should be sent back home. But his emissary never quite carried out the order. Does it not sound suspicious to you? A king will give you an order and you wont carry it out
        3) there is no way that the emir wasn’t aware that the girl hadn’t been returned home since last year September, It is ridiculous to think he didn’t know

        • CovertNigerian

          In multiple reports, including an interview with the girl there has been no substantiation of the claim that the girl was living in the Emir’s palace. She was brought to his palace on one occasion at least but I have seen no actual evidence that she lived there or have you seen any? As far as I can tell, all such claims are false.
          He reported the situation to the police. As far as I am concerned once he did that he has satisfied what is required of any citizen under the law. At that point, the police were responsible for getting the girl home and they failed not the Emir.
          As to whether he knew that the girl was still in Kano. It is not as clear to me as it seems to be to you. With all the responsibilities he has, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to me that he might not have known. Leaders delegate to subordinates and will very often feel no need to follow up.

          I don’t think you’re being objective and I suspect you and I will not agree on this topic, but that’s fine.

          • Paul Young

            Lol. You are making some good points. You already sound like a lawyer to me. I read some where that the Emir sent his emissary and one other person to return the girl home. Are you saying those orders were not carried out? I rest my case

          • CovertNigerian

            I think that part of the problem is that there are multiple versions of the story and the truth will be lost somewhere in the middle. I personally haven’t seen any reports that the Emir personally dispatched an emissary to take the girl home. The extent of my knowledge is that he reported to the police and that it became their responsibility. If that is true, then it seems to me as though he acted correctly.

          • Paul Young

            Ok then even at that the family can sue the police for all sorts of things. Its basically take your pick. I support that, so as to set an example and then next time when they hear such cases they will take it serious

          • CovertNigerian

            The girl’s family? for sure! The incompetence of the Nigerian police in this case is beyond doubt.

          • TrueNja

            Who gave Ese belle?

          • Wise Head

            A DNA test will resolve that when she delivers. Yinusa’s father said his son has not touched Ese

          • Wise Head

            Why did the IG said the police was handicapped, and can’t take the girl home unless the emir returns from Meccaand permits them? The Police commissioner in Kano was probably saving his head by waiting for the emir to permit him do his work

          • Wise Head

            The obviously knew the girl was still in Kano, and probably still living in his palace. From the IG’s statement, what is clear is that the police was hindered by the emir from carrying out its duties. The Northerners worship their emir, and if the police had tried to go against the emir to insist on taking the girl home, the Northern blood-thirsty boys would have unleashed mayhem and wreaked untold destruction. IGP Arase had to tell the nation that they were waiting for the emir to return from Mecca before the police could take the girl away. Sad situation, but that’s the fact? Pray, what is a first class emir doing in the case of a poor girl abducted by a rustic keke driver in Bayelsa and brought to Kano? And if the media did not take up this matter the way it did, would the emir have given express orders for the girls to be returned? Okay, there is another case. Another 14-year-old has been abducted by another Fulani/Hausa fellow and taken to the palace of Sultan of Sokoto! Can you imagine that? Tomorrow, when the case becomes full-blown media issue, you will come here to use multiple IDs to type lame defense of your Sultan. What are your high emirs doing with under-age girls? That is what you should be trying to explain instead of defending them blindly

          • CovertNigerian

            Your stupidity is immense. My Sultan? Really?! You’re an incredibly ignorant person. No intelligent person could possibly have concluded from any of my comments that I somehow have any allegiance for the Emir of Kano or Sultan of Sokoto.

            You are so blinded by your biases that you can’t even pretend to be objective anymore. As far as I know, the Emir’s original referral of the case to the police happened well in advance of the media spotlight on the case. I am happy to agree that there is something wrong with a situation in which the police feel hampered in doing their work but that doesn’t automatically imply the Emir’s culpability in this particular situation.

            Unlike you, I will at least try to form my opinion on future incidents, if there are any, on available evidence and facts NOT hearsay and conjecture.

        • HarunIbraheem

          Does the emir have the right to force the police to carry out his command? Tell me whether Sanusi is the IG or commissioner of police or even the governor or the president that he will give directives to the police. He plays an advisory role, and that’s what he just did. I don’t know what kind of dumb people we are living together with in this country. You ppl keep on mentioning the name of Sanusi as if he is responsible for what the two love birds did to themselves. Haba!

          • Customer Satisfaction

            Which love birds???
            Please am smarter than the narrative muslims are trying to sell on this issue.
            Let us imagine a little bit, Yunusa was excited to inform the Kano Emir, his own Father, the Sharia council and everybody in the Palace about the 14 year old Ese and none of them asked after her parents? What i deduct is, there are many of such cases which have been covered up in the past. Social media made Ese lucky. There was a case like this last year in Niger state also involving the monarch there.
            Northerners are using voodoo to force and convert Southern girls and teenagers to Islam!

          • Wise Head

            From the IG’s statement, what is clear is that the police was hindered by the emir from carrying out its duties. The Northerners worship their emir, and if the police had tried to go against the emir to insist on taking the girl home, the Northern blood-thirsty boys would have unleashed mayhem and wreaked untold destruction. IGP Arase had to tell the nation that they were waiting for the emir to return from Mecca before the police could take the girl away. Sad situation, but that’s the fact? Pray, what is a first class emir doing in the case of a poor girl abducted by a rustic keke driver in Bayelsa and brought to Kano? And if the media did not take up this matter the way it did, would the emir have given express orders for the girls to be returned? Okay, there is another case. Another 14-year-old has been abducted by another Fulani/Hausa fellow and taken to the palace of Sultan of Sokoto! Can you imagine that? Tomorrow, when the case becomes full-blown media issue, you will come here to use multiple IDs to type lame defense of your Sultan. What are your high emirs doing with under-age girls? That is what you should be trying to explain instead of defending them blindly

        • Sincerely Yours

          I seem to agree with @CovertNigerian I must be missing something too. What part of the Emir sending them to the police for onward return of Ese to Bayelsa, don’t you guys understand.
          You have refused to know the truth, even if it is hitting you on the head, all because you wand the Emir to be roped in, for whatever bizarre reasons I just do not understand.

  • TrueNja

    Nigerian Police with their lies again. Our useless police force is trying to cover up for some big wigs like Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II and his Sharia Council involvement. This a big conspiracy!.

  • linkhadj.

    The IG s a disgrace. Inn an interview with Punch, he said then that the release of the girl was dependent on the Emir whom he ssaid went to Mecca. How can you surrender the power of your office to the control of the Emir? Allah ki ya ye!! Wallai, we are yet to e told the full story about the Emir’s involvement in the whole thing.

    • Sincerely Yours

      What involvement? What would the Emir want with her. If the Emir wants another wife, or someone to frolic with, will it be a girl from the back waters of Bayelsa, with all the pretty damsels in the North. You guys mus have your heads examined – no insult meant. By the way, have you seen his new wife? Emir Sanusi, Ese, how repulsive.

      • Wise Head

        So why was his name featuring prominently in the matter, despite the way he carries himself, his education and exposure? What was a girl abducted by a a crude, rustic keke driver in Bayelsa and brought all the way to Kano doing in his palace? Why was a man like him not alarmed at such a hideous crime and insisted that things be done right since August or September he knew about it? Emir kor, pretty Northern damsels nii ! Make you commot for my face make I see road fa.

      • Mentlee

        You reason like a cow that you are. How unreasonable can you guys get? Does human life mean anything in your region? When your so called emir heard of this barbaric act, shouldn’t he have put himself in the position of the little girl’s parents? How would you guys react if such an incident happens to one of your own? You guys are just pathetic to put it mildly

  • Omotolaaraujo

    The Emir is a figure-head and has no legal authority. Culture is killing Nigeria.

  • TrueNigerian

    Has sharia commission become a competent court of law in Nigeria? or has the emir of Kano become a law enforcement officer rather than a monarch? This is certainly an insult on the intelligence of the rest of Nigerians. We are watching and following up this matter closely to see what becomes of it to serve as yet another reference point. The fact is that one religion thinks it is superior to the other and this must be resisted.