Just In: Emir of Kano orders Sharia commission to return teenage bride, Ese to Bayelsa



Following the anger expressed by Nigerians on the purported abduction of 14 year-old teenager, Ese Oruru by one Yunusa of Kura local government area of Kano state, the emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II has ordered the state Sharia Commission to liaise with office of the Assistant Inspector General of police, zone 1, to commence process of returning her.


In his first official reaction, on Monday, the emir of Kano, who distanced himself, Kano emirate council from the purported abduction of Ese Oruru by suspected lover, said the the teenager should be returned to her parents in Bayelsa state.



Sanusi II said, “I have ordered the sharia commission to liaise with the office of Deputy Inspector General of police zone to repatriate and reconcile the teenager with her family immediately”


Ese Oruru was allegedly abducted in Opolo, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, by one Yunusa an indigene of Kura local government area of Kano sometimes in August, 2015.


DailyBells Nigeria  that Ese, who was 13 as at the time of her alleged abduction, was taken to Kano, by Yunusa, where he converted her to Islam and married her.


Ese’s parents had since last August made trips to Kano, where they unraveled the plights of their daughter.


The parents said they have involved the police, but 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 them have proved futile.


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.


However, Nigerians, yesterday, took to the social media to launch a campaign #FreeEse, calling for the immediate release of the Urhobo-born teenager, whose mother, Mrs. Rose Oruru, is a food vendor in Opolo, Bayelsa State.

Sanusi and Arase
Sanusi and Arase


Earlier today, a report in the Punch Newspaper had quoted the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase that the Emir of Kano is the only one who could order the release of Ese.


According to the report,  “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, who is being held captive in Kano State.


Arase said this on Sunday after the launch of a “Free Ese” Campaign by PUNCH, which drew the attention of thousands of Nigerians to the plight of the Orurus,  causing outrage over the shocking story.


“I have just spoken with the Sunday PUNCH’s Editor. I explained to her about the delay. The police command in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, actually followed up the matter right from Kano State, ” Arase told The PUNCH.


“The Emir decided that he was going to mediate. But, because of his trip to Mecca with the President; that was what caused the delay. But now that he is back, we are going to sort it out as quickly as possible.”





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