Abducted Bayelsa girl, Ese Oruru, to undergo medical test before family reunion — Police

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

The teenage girl abducted from Bayelsa State, into a forced marriage and conversion to Islam in Kano, is to undergo a medical examination before being reunited with her family, the police said Wednesday.

Fourteen-year-old Ese Oruru arrived Abuja from Kano Tuesday, escorted by a police team.

Her family arrived the federal capital from Bayelsa later in the evening.

A planned news conference at the police headquarters was rescheduled for Wednesday because of the late arrival, the police said.

Ese did not appear before journalists at the Force Head quarters on Wednesday.

Her mother, Rose Oruru, who was in the company of an unnamed relative, acknowledged the efforts of the police and the media in the rescue of her daughter.

Speaking in pidgin English, Mrs. Oruru said she was ready to return to Bayelsa with her daughter.

Ese was taken without her parent’s consent to Kano by Yunusa Dahiru Ado, also known as Yunusa Yellow, man who lived in Bayelsa.

Her case created a media firestorm after a report by PUNCH newspaper detailed how her parents tried unsuccessfully for months to get their daughter back.

The Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, said he instructed the girl be returned to Bayelsa as she was an underaged.

In a statement Wednesday, the spokesperson for the force, Olabisi Kolawole, said despite the intervention of the emir, Ese was still kept “hostage” by Yunusa Yellow.

The statement said Ese was currently being given psychological and emotional support by officers of the gender and child support unit of the force.

The police said the girl’s abductor and all those involved in her kidnap, will be brought to justice.


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