Remember Ese Oruru? The girl who at 13 years old in 2015 was kidnapped and taken to Kano. The abductor, a tricycle rider allegedly claimed to traditional leaders in Kano that a teenager willingly followed him (and somewhere in their heads, a 13 year old can just willingly follow a grown man old enough to father her and that would be fine) . She was subsequently converted and married to her abductor at the Palace of the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
When her mother found her, they told her that Ese was in the custody of the Emir. Some Muslim youths refused the woman entry to see the Emir, until she came back with police. The end of the story was that after several attempts and national outrage sparked by massive media campaigns led by Punch newspaper, the Police rescued her on 02 March 2016 and arrested Yinusa.
Ese in an interview said she did not know how she followed him to Kano.
Yinusa was arrested and arraigned in court on charges bordering on child trafficking, child abuse, rape, kidnap, infringement of right of religion, and holding a person against their will.
After four years of litigation, Justice Inyang on Thursday sitting in a Federal High Court, Yenagoa has sentenced Ese Oruru’s abductor, Yinusa Dahiru, to 26 years imprisonment for abduction, rape and impregnating a teenage girl.