18 Oct 2016

Our Daughter Held Hostage, Ese Oruru Parents Cry Out

It is a sad story for the family of Ese Oruru as they accused the police of taking their daughter hostage and government abandoning the family.

The parents of Ese Oruru, the 14-year-old minor, who was allegedly abducted in Bayelsa State in August  2015, forcefully converted to Islam and married off in Kano have raised an alarm.

The girl's mother, Rose has lamented that the government abandoned them after initial assistance from the Bayelsa State government since the daughter put to bed. She further revealed that Ese's life and that of her four-month-old baby is in danger due to the family's inability to cater for their needs.

Her mother further lamented that while the accused was enjoying freedom on bail, the victim was being denied freedom under the guise of protection.

She insisted that the conditions that Ese and her baby were kept were not conducive for the welfare of the mother and the baby.

Rose said her daughter was not properly taken care of as someone nursing a baby with regard to nutrition and psychological care in a homely environment.

She stated, “People from Bayelsa have been assisting us and even the police officers. We want to leave there for our house because the place (Police Officers Mess) is not a good place to stay and bring up a newborn baby.

“We are just abandoned in a room that we are not even allowed to go out. We stay with our trash bin which is smelling. We and the new born baby are compelled to breathe the offensive smell.

“So the world should note that we are being marginalised for no reason, as the boy, Yunusa, is still owing me some money after taking my daughter to Kano to impregnate her for me.”

Ese’s father, Mr. Charles Oruru, expressed sadness over his daughter’s plight with her little baby. He said Ese was supposed to be in school but don't understand why the police have kept her away under the guise of protective custody.

Oruru said, “My daughter has been yearning and even crying to go back to school as her classmates are now ahead of her. She (Ese) has lost a whole year to this saga and she is still in the police protective custody while the accused is enjoying freedom on bail

“I am begging the Delta State Government, the Federal Government and the world at large to come to our aid.

“Nowadays, without education, one is going nowhere, so she is not doing anything in their custody. While the accused move freely, she is suffering there.

“I call on the Delta government  to assist us because I have five children, of which Ese is the second to the last child, so my state should come to my family’s aid.”



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