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Ese Oruru: Yinusa Appears In Court

Posted: Mar 9, 2016 at 12:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Chukwudi Nweje, Lagos; Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

Inuwa Yunusa Dahiru, alias Yellow, who reportedly abducted Ese Rita Oruru from Bayelsa to Kano State on 12 August 2015 and forced her into Islamic marriage was on Tuesday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Yenagoa on a five-count charge of abduction, kidnapping, unlawful carnal knowledge and sexual exploitation.

The accused, who wore a cream colour native Hausa caftan with a cap to match was arraigned before the Hon. Justice H.A. Nganjiwa, at about 10am on Tuesday in suit No FHC/YNG/17c/2016 between the Inspector General of Police (IGP) versus Yunusa Dahiru ‘m’ aged 18 years.
The Special Prosecutor from the Force Headquarters of the Nigeria Police, Abuja, presented the charges levelled against Yunusa.
Yunusa pleaded not guilty to all the charges that were read to him.

The case was however adjourned to the 14 March 2016 for hearing on the bail application by his counsel, Kayode Olaoshaebikan.

In an interview with newsmen when he stepped out of the court, Yunusa, who appeared unruffled, said he had been dating Ese before they both left for Kano, adding that her mother was aware of the illicit relationship.

He also admitted being responsible for Ese’s five months pregnancy, but said he did not know how old the pregnancy was as he started sleeping with her months before they both left for Kano.

Yunusa said it was only Ese’s father that was not aware of their relationship but the mother knew that they were in love.
On his part, counsel to Yunusa, Kayode Olashaebikan, dismissed the matter saying there was no case.
“It is easy for the prosecution to bring up charges, but Yunusa as a man has pleaded not guilty and it is left for the prosecution to prove their case beyond every reasonable doubt.

“It is a case of two love birds. In our social parlance, we call it elopement but government and the state prefer to call it abduction and it is left for the court to decide whether it is abduction or elopement of two minors because Yunusa is 18 years old and the girl in question is 14 years old”, he said.
Also in an interview, the prosecuting counsel, Kenneth Dika, said the state was ready to prove its case against the accused persons, with its six witnesses.
The non-domestication of the 2003 Child Rights Act by the Bayelsa State government has forced the arraignment of Yinusa Dahiru, alias Yellow, the alleged abductor of Ese Oruru, before a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa on Tuesday.

Yinusa was taken to court on a five-count charge of abduction, illicit sex and unlawful carnal knowledge, among others.
He is accused of taking 14-year-old Ese from her home in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, without the consent of her parents and taking her to Kano in August 2015 while Ese was 13 years old.

While in Kano Ese was said to have been forced into marriage, converted to Islam and her name changed to Aisha.
Yinusa had claimed to traditional leaders in Kano that Ese willingly followed him to Kano.
However, under the Child Rights Act, Ese is a minor until she attains the age of 18 and therefore cannot on her own consent to either her journey to Kano or her conversion to Islam.

The Child Rights Act was enacted in 2003 by the government of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, but it has not yet been domesticated in Bayelsa State where the crime took place.
The Act is a legal document that sets out the rights and responsibilities of a child in Nigeria and provides for a system of child justice administration.