Women Affairs Minister Vows to use all her powers to release abducted 14 yr old Ese

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Women Affairs Minister Vows to use all her powers to release abducted 14 yr old Ese

Minister of Women affairs  Jummai Alhassan, has vowed to use her powers as a minister and a woman to ensure the release of 14-year-old Ese Oruru, who is being held captive in Kano State.

 

Meanwhile Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria  (HURIWA ) has called for the arrest and prosecution of all those responsible for the kidnap of this 13 year old Ijaw teenager Miss Ese Oruru. The Rights group said any contemplation of sweeping this sinister crime under the carpet of impunity would be resisted.

 

Ese is said to haven been abducted in August 2015 by one Yinusa, who was a longstanding customer of her mother, Mrs. Rose Oruru, a food vendor in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

 

Yinusa subsequently took Ese,  who was 13 years old at the time, to Kano where she was allegedly converted to Islam and forcefully married.

 

The minister said she has been “in touch with the police authorities in Kano over Ese’s immediate release to her parents adding that she is making progess.”

 

According to her Ese is still a child under Nigerian laws, and her right to freedom of movement is subject to parental control. Consequently, she said the Ministry of Women Affairs would prosecute anyone found to have contravened the law.

 

Meanwhile  the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said the Emir of Kano’s  Hajj trip is responsible for the delay in securing the release of 14-year-old Ese Oruru.

 

Since August 12 when Ese's  parents made the shocking discovery trips to Kano, the involvement of the police and efforts to get the Emir of Kano, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, at whose palace the girl is believed to be held to resolve the matter and ensure the return of the 14-year-old to her parents have been resisted.

 

While her mother was told that Ese had converted to Islam and, therefore, was no longer her daughter, her father was told that his daughter was an 18-year-old adult and not 14, hence she was capable of making decisions for herself.

 

The fact that the teenager’s parents had reported at the Ekeki Police Station, Yenagoa, and to the Kwani Police Station, Kano, and sought the IGP’s intervention since last year without success angered many Nigerians.

 

The parents  had said all efforts to secure the release of their daughter from the palace had proved abortive.

 

Arase,  however,  explained that the police authorities did not abandon the matter as was being insinuated, adding that the release of the girl would be “sorted out as quickly as possible.”

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