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Ese Oruru: Everyone has abandoned us – Father of raped, Islamized girl cries out



Charles Oruru, the father of the then 13-year-old girl, Ese Oruru, who was abducted and taken to Kano where she was allegedly raped, forcibly Islamised and married off without her parents’ consent, has cried out over government’s failed promises.

Charles said all the promises made by the governments of Bayelsa and Delta states with regard to Ese’s scholarship had not been fulfilled.

Ese was allegedly abducted on 12th August, 2015 at her mother’s shop in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State by a man named Yunusa Dahiru (alias Yellow) and taken to Kano.

She was rescued on February 29, 2016, by the Kano State Police and placed in the custody of the government.

It was later found out that she was five months’ pregnant with her abductor’s child.
Charles spoke with Punch on Thursday, saying, “A lot of things have happened. As Ese was delivered of her baby, three months after, some people attempted to steal the baby but God helped us, they did not succeed.

“After that incident, I had to fight to take Ese and the baby from there. So, we have taken them to Ughelli in Delta State. I am the only one living in Yenagoa. As they left, I started making efforts to get the scholarship the Bayelsa State Government promised Ese after giving birth.

“Since she gave birth, the scholarship promised Ese has not materialised in spite of all our efforts. The government asked one official to look for a house for us . We were given a two – bedroomed flat at Okaka in Yenagoa . But because of some issues, we have left the apartment; even FIDA and the NGOs helping us appear to have backed out.

“Even the court matter is another funny aspect. We went to court last in August 2017 before they took the trial judge to Abuja and up till now, the judge has not come back. Because of the absence of the judge, the matter has been stalled.

“When I tried to find out what was amiss, somebody in the court told me that the trial might commence in 2018 but we do not know when that will be.”

As for Yunusa , Charles said the suspect had been freed from Okaka Prison , Yenagoa and flown to his hometown in Kano State.

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