The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has implored that the state Sharia Commission begins the process of returning the 14 year-old teenager, Ese Oruru allegedly abducted by one Yunusa of Kura local government area of the state.
Speaking for the first time on the matter, the emir of Kano distanced himself and Kano emirate council from the purported abduction of Ese Oruru by suspected lover and 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”
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.
Meanwhile, prominent Nigerians have started reacting to the abduction of the teenage girl.
A Senator representing Bayelsa East and philanthropist Mr. Ben Murray Bruce of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has contacted the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, demanding her immediate release.
“I just got off the phone with the Emir of Kano. He has exonerated himself and has provided documental evidence to this effect on Ese’s case. However, I will not relent until Ese is freed and released back to her parents,” he posted on his Twitter handle.
“I have been on an international flight without Internet and just landed at MMA only to be briefed on the abduction of Ese”.
“After being briefed I have consulted to establish the facts of the matter. Having done so, I make the following statement”.
“IGP Arase, Ese is a minor and cant consent to marry. The CONSTITUTION is clear. Your duty is to ensure her release to her parents”.
“The CONSTITUTION of Nigeria respects no person. To pick and choose on whom it should apply is UNCONSTITUTIONAL”.
“Your statement that Ese’s release is “dependent” on persons is sad. Her release is GUARANTEED by the CONSTITUTION. Ensure you free Ese”
If you refuse to enforce the Nigerian CONSTITUTION this matter will be escalated to The United Nations Commission on Human Rights”.
“The IGP is in a pole position to show that there are no sacred cows in Nigeria and everyone is equal before the law”.
Similarly, the Minister of Women Affairs, Jummai Alhassan, has called for the release of Ese, saying she will use her powers and influence as a minister and woman to secure her release.
In a series of tweets, she said Ese’s case had brought to the fore the need to protect the rights of children and women in our society.
“We won’t relent. #FreeEse,” she added.