Barely 24 hours after a newspaper campaign was launched to free an abducted 14-year-old Ese Oruru, the Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase issued a directive Monday afternoon to the Commissioner of Police, Kano State, Mohammed Katsina to liaise with the State’s Emirate Council and by nightfall, Ese was rescued from her abductor, a Kano State resident called Yinusa.
But Nigerians are saying that the IGP and Emir of Kano are doing too little too late in this matter.
This came after the Toyosi Ogunseye-led Sunday Punch launched its free-Ese-campaign on its front page, sequel to other minor campaigns by individuals. Photos of IGP Solomon Arase and the Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi with two others were published and labelled as authorities who refused to come to the aid of Ese Oruru.
Please read the full story here: https://www.hamiltonstyle.org/punch-starts-campaign-to-free-ese-14-abducted-and-forced-into-marriage/
Confirming the rescue in a telephone chat Monday, Force Public relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole disclosed that the Inspector General of Police had directed that Ese Oruru be given protection adding that she will be flown to Abuja Tuesday to be re-united with her family. Arase has also made arrangements to move the Oruru family to Abuja to re-unite with their daughter.
Ese’s ordeal started in August last year while she was still 13. She was reportedly abducted by Yinusa, taken to Kano, forced to convert from Christianity to Islam and then forced also into marriage. This ugly incident was reported to the police. The Emir of Kano who has also been accused of marrying an under-aged wife, rather than help rescue Ese was said to have aided and abetted Yinusa. This is however an unconfirmed allegation.
If Punch newspaper had not made a front page big deal out of the Ese Oruru saga, the poor girl and her parents would probably have been cheated for life. One wonders how many under-aged girls and their parents have suffered and are still suffering this illegality across Nigeria.
Nigerians must hold someone accountable for this conspiracy of silence. The police, Emir of Kano, the faceless Yinusa and everyone else who has been a part of the ordeal of Ese Oruru must be made to face the wrath of the law.
It isn’t enough to free Ese. Medical and psychiatric tests must be carried out on her to determine how much damage has been done to her body, mind and soul. Her captors should be tried in court and jailed if convicted. It is the only way we can rid our society of barbaric acts such as this. HAMILTONSTYLE wishes to recognise and appreciate the editorial prowess of Toyosi Ogunseye and her Sunday Punch team. Miss Ogunseye is Nigeria’s most decorated journalist with more international professional awards to her name than any other.
REACTIONS FROM ESE’S BAYELSA KINSMAN, BEN MURRAY-BRUCE
Following statements credited to the IGP, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce took to his twitter handle @BENMURRAYBRUCE to cry foul…
“IGP Arase, Ese Oruru is a minor and cant consent to marry. The CONSTITUTION is clear. Your duty is to ensure her release to her parents. Your statement that Ese’s release is “dependent” on persons is sad. Her release is GUARANTEED by the CONSTITUTION. Ensure you #FreeEse. The IGP is in a pole position to show that there are no sacred cows in Nigeria and everyone is equal before the law.”[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]