The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, Tuesday, regretted the abduction of 14 year-old, Ese Oruru, from Yenagoa to Kano where she was forced into marriage.
The governor also called on parents and guardians “to be extremely vigilant, especially in the monitoring of the activities of their children, with a view to ensuring that, they do not fall victim to the antics of mischief makers.”
Dickson in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, condemned the entire action.
He expressed satisfaction with the various individuals, non-governmental and civil society groups for bringing the matter to national and international focus.
He said the government was prepared to support every effort to re-uniting Ese Oruru with her family in Yenagoa, and ensuring her proper rehabilitation and reintegration into the society to resume her normal life.
He commended the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, for the role he played in ensuring the release of the victim.
Dickson also applauded security agencies for handling the matter with swiftness and professionalism.
He thanked the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, for ensuring the safety of Ese and eventual handing over to the Police in Kano.
“The government and people of Bayelsa State will remain eternally grateful to all those, who contributed in one way or the other in giving the issue the desired attention,” he said.
Ese Oruru, a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted and forcefully married in August of last year, has finally been reunited with her mother in Abuja.
The reunion comes eight months after the girl’s abduction at the hands of a customer at her mother’s stall, Punch has reported.
Despite jubilation at seeing her parents after her ordeal, Ese has revealed that she is “not fine” but refused to disclose the details of her condition to reporters.
Governors in both Kano and Delta States have recently called for the immediate prosecution of Ese’s abductor, identified as Yunusaa, commonly referred to as Yellow, who forced the girl into marriage and made her convert to Islam.
The abduction has caused condemnation across the country, even spurring a campaign known as #FreeEse.
The Muslim Rights Concern, as well as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, have also joined the conversation, calling for Yellow’s immediate arrest and prosecution.
Ese’s father, Charles Oruru, has since lambasted Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, saying that he should have been quicker in his actions and that he only became part of the girl’s rescue due to pressure from the Nigerian public.
The girl’s siblings have since expressed excitement at hearing the news of her rescue, disclosing that they will be very happy to see their sister again.