The leadership of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), has accused the apex socio-political organisation of the north, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) of prejudice in the role it played in securing the N3 million bail granted to Yunusa Dahiru aka Yellow, abductor 14-year Ese Oruru by a Federal High Court in Bayelsa state.
Yunusa, who is facing five count-charge for allegedly abducting Ese from Bayelsa State to Kano and converted her into Islam before forcefully marrying was on Monday granted bail in the sum of N3 million by the high court where he is standing trial.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday at Mosogar, Delta State, the leadership of the UPU, Chief Joe Omene, lamented the quality of legal representation Yunusa was given, saying that UPU would send a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, to represent them at the next trial date.
Describing the case as a test case on the relationship between Arewa and the Urhobo, Omene said: “There is more than meets the eyes in this matter.
“Yunusa, as an individual, cannot afford a SAN to represent him hence we believe ACF, which has been at the background in the matter, won’t stand on the part of justice and fairness in this case.
“If ACF is biased in this matter, it will strain the relationship between them and the UPU as they are supposed to be law abiding in protecting the rights of the under-aged girl child.
“Our SAN representative, who is the UPU Secretary General, will represent us at the next date of proceedings and advice us on what is going on.”