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Ese Oruru’s Abduction, Against Child Rights Law – Ukah

Posted: Mar 4, 2016 at 5:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

CLO petitions NASS, NHCR
Felix Igbekoyi, Asaba and Igoniko Oduma Yenogoa
Mr. Patrick Ukah, Delta State Commissioner for Information, has described as an offence against Delta State Child Rights Law ,the alleged abduction of a Delta-born teenager, Ese Oruru, by one Yinusa, aka Yellow, who also had her converted to Islam and forcefully married her in Kano State.
This is just as Civil Liberties Organisation in Bayelsa State has petitioned the National Assembly and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), asking them to prevail on the Nigeria Police Force to ensure proper rehabilitation of the 14-year-old girl following her ordeal after abduction.
The Delta Commissioner, who decried the act, said that the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration frowns at any form of child molestation and abduction, reiterated the call made by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, saying that the state abhors any form of breach on the right of the child.
Ukah wondered why people would politicise the plight of Ese, who hails from Uwherun town in Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State by claiming that Governor Okowa and the Delta State government have kept mum on the issue.
He however called on parents and guardians to genuinely give priority and guaranty to their children’s early education to enable them face future challenges and promptly desist from becoming victims of early childhood marriage.
He disclosed that part of the state government measures to check child abuse was the constitution of the Delta State Children’s Parliament Session during the 2013 National Children’s Day celebration which sat at the Delta State House of Assembly Chambers, Asaba.
He also stated that the state Ministry of Women Affairs is tasked with the mandate of carrying out Community Development, Child Development and Social Welfare to achieve the goals of gender equality, family development and a caring society in line with the Government commitment towards the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, especially the girl child.
He commended concerned Nigerians, the Federal Government and all relevant authorities who have made frantic efforts to ensure that Ese Oruru girl was released and reunited with her parent.
On the other hand, the CLO in a statement on Thursday in Yenagoa called on the National Assembly and the NHRC to demand the arrest and prosecution of those involved in the abduction of Ese.
The statement signed by Nengi James, the state chairman, and Osom Macbere, the legal secretary also stated that the victim and her family were entitled to exemplary damages, proper clinical evaluation and prosecution of persons behind the months of traumatisation experienced during her abduction.
“We have learnt from press statements and releases that the victim Miss Ese Oruru has been released and we were stunned to learn that she inclines to maintain her new religion and name.
“We of the Bayelsa chapter of the CLO, without fear of contradiction that Miss Ese Oruru, the victim of the abduction and surreptitious conscription into marriage wherefore her anomy is near complete eclipse, and does not have the requisite mental capacity to take decision regarding her status having been subjected to psychological trauma of separation from her original religion and efficacy thereof, her parents and all that her pristine social milieu appealed to her for more than six months.
“Accordingly, it is our very candid recommendation that Miss Ese Oruru be accorded clinical evaluation cum all-round medical tests to ascertain her psyco-motor balance among others in the presence of her parents or their professional privies”, CLO stated.