The parents of 14 years old Ese Oruru who was taken to Kano from Bayelsa in August 2015, where she was allegedly forced into a marriage, have berated her continued stay in police protective custody.
The Federal High Court Yenagoa on Monday adjourned Ese Oruru’s abduction case to December 8, 2016.
The parents lamented that it was an irony that while the accused was enjoying freedom on bail, the victim was being denied freedom under the guise of protection.
They said the conditions that Ese and her baby were kept is not conducive for their welfare.
Ese Oruru 14, gave birth to a girl on May 25, 2016 while in police care at the Police Officers Mess in Yenagoa. She has remained there since.
Her alleged abductor and father of her baby, Yunusa Dahiru, was arraigned on March 8, 2016 before the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, on charges of criminal abduction, illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.
Ese’s father, Charles Oruru, expressed sadness at his daughter’s stay at the police officers mess with the baby.
“My daughter has been yearning and even crying to go back to school as her classmates are now ahead of her.
“She has lost a whole year to this saga and she is still in police protective custody while the accused is enjoying freedom on bail.
“I am begging the Delta government, Nigeria and the world at large to come to our aide.
“Nowadays without education one is going to nowhere. She is not doing anything in their custody, while the accused move freely and she is suffering there.
“I have called on the Delta government to assist because I have five children
which Ese is the second to the last child, so my state should come to my family’s aide,” he appealed.
Ese’s mother, Rose Oruru, also said her daughter was not being properly cared for.
“People from Bayelsa have been assisting us and even the police officers, we want to leave there to our house because the place (Police Officers Mess) is not a good place to stay and bring up a new born baby.
“We are just abandoned in a room that we are not even allowed to go out, we stay with our trash bin which is smelling , we and the new born baby are compelled to breathe the offensive smell.
“So the world should note that we are being marginalised for no reason, as the boy Yunusa is still owing me some money after taking my daughter to Kano to impregnate her,” she said.
The counsel to the accused, Kayode Olaosebikan, who was in court with Yunusa, said no reason was given for the court’s failure to sit.
He said the case has been adjourned till December 8.
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