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Punch starts campaign to free Ese, 14; abducted and forced into marriage

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Those Who Can Help Free Ese
Those Who Can Help Free Ese

The story of 14-year-old Ese Oruru and the travail of her parents over the past six months have caused an outrage on the social media and beyond. In August 2015, Ese, then 13, was abducted by one Yinusa and taken to Kano, where he converted her to Islam and married her.

Ese’s mother, Mrs. Rose Oruru, a food vendor in Opolo, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, said Yinusa was a longstanding customer. Since August 12 when her 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 failed.

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.

News of the family’s travails as a result of the sordid development has angered many Nigerians with many of them calling for her immediate release and the prosecution of those involved.

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