Civil right organisations have called for the release of Ese Oruru, who was forcefully abducted for marriage in Bayelsa State by Yinusa from Kano State.
A human rights lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa, in an interview with the Punch on Sunday, described the incident as disturbing and disheartening indeed, especially to Ese and her parents.
“By all Nigerian law and the law of Bayelsa State where she was abducted, Ese is a minor, who is incapable of taking informed decisions on matters of faith and religion.
“It is becoming a serious issue of national concern, given that this same scenario played out recently in the palace of the Emir of Nupe, involving a pastor’s daughter.
“This is a fall out from the current disregard to constituted authorities, especially the law courts, by the General Buhari regime. It is gradually spreading across the land that the courts have become toothless dogs to the executive and all powers that be, thus the seeming helplessness of the Kano Emirate to enforce Ese’s release.
“This is a clear case of child trafficking, which should have been properly handled by the appropriate agency created by law for that purpose. There is no explanation that can exculpate the Kano emirate and indeed the authorities of the Nigeria Police, to be playing the ostrich in a clear case of child abuse, abduction and rape, as the innocent girl may have been abused and even impregnated.
“It is a worse form of corruption, for people to throw away morals and descend to forcing innocent young girls into marriage. I call on the President and the Inspector General of Police to immediately rescue Ese and return her to her parents.”
On his part, the Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin said, “It is sacrilegious and the height of depravity that a man will abduct another man’s daughter and the parents would now begin to negotiate for her release. If what is said to be Emir Sanusi Lamido’s role in this sordid story is true, then the clash of civilsatiions in Nigeria would not have been expressed than this.
“That a man who had been CBN governor would preside over a meeting where another man’s daughter is criminally abducted and he would allegedly be saying a minor has converted to Islam and should be allowed to stay in captivity is nothing but aiding and abetting crime.”
Also Executive Secretary, Anti-Corruption Network, Ebenezer Oyetakin said “It is an outdated, archaic and highly provocative act. It amounts to child abuse and calls for severe punishments to the perpetrator in such a manner to serve as deterrence to anyone who might be tempted to so do in future. It would have really being an agonizing period for the victim, except it is with subtle consent of the girl, or if there are more to it than we are told.
Meanwhile prominent and well meaning Nigerians have taken to their Twitter accounts to call for the abducted teenager’s release: