Government to take Ese Oruru’s abductor to Court – Following the successful release of a 14-year old girl, Ese Oruru from her kidnapper, the government has hit out at those behind the act.
The Minister for Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Al-Hassan, condemned Ese’s forced abduction and marriage, and promised to prosecute all guilty parties.
Ese had reportedly been kidnapped from her home state of Bayelsa, and was then taken to Kano state where she was forced to marry her kidnapper.
She said: “Our laws are very clear on the case. Ese Oruru is 14 (years old) and as such cannot consent to marriage. Any such union she’s involved in is illegal.
“I have been in touch with the police authorities in Kano over Ese’s immediate release to her parents and we are making progress. I can assure you that I will use all my powers and influence as a minister and a woman to secure the release and return of Ese Oruru.
“Ese is still a child under our laws, and her right to freedom of movement is subject to parental control. She must be returned. The Child Rights Act says no person under 18 is capable of contracting a valid marriage, and a marriage so contracted is null and void.
“The Act also clearly states that anyone who marries a child is liable to a fine of N500,000 or five years imprisonment, or both. My ministry is on this case and we will ensure full prosecution of anyone who is found to have contravened the law.”