It was a day of justice for the family of Ese Oruru, the 13-year-old girl who was abducted in August 12 2015 by Yunusa Dahiru aka Yellow as a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa convicted and sentenced him to 26 years imprisonment.
Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Jane Inyang who inherited the case from Justice Hyeladzira Ejiya Nganjiwa, discharged and acquitted Dahiru on count one.However she convicted him on count two, three, four and five and sentenced him to five, seven, seven and seven years respectively.
The sentence according to the judge will run conxurrently.
Mr Charles Oruru, father of Ese in an interview expressed joy that at last justice has been served for the crime committed against his daughter and the family.He commended all non-governmental organisations led by KHAN, the International Federation of Female Lawyers(FIDA) the media and the judiciary for standing by the family.Mr Oruru who disclosed that the his wife and children had to relocate to the village in Delta State appealed to the Bayelsa and Delta State Governments to fulfil the promises they made to the family in 2016 especially the scholarship for Ese’s education. Mr Kizito Andah executive director of KHAN which commenced the demand for Ese’s rescue and prosecution of those involved in her abduction in an interview commended the judiciary and the media for the judgment. The defence counsel, Mr Kayode Olaosebikan in an interview though heaved a sigh of relief that the case has finally come to an end after four years, he expressed disappointment that Dahiru was jailed.
Her abduction had sparked national outrage as Nigerians joined civil society and women rights groups led by the b Kindling Hope across Nations Initiative (KHAN) to demand for her rescue from captivity in Kano and prosecution of her abductors.
A crack police team sent by the former Inspector- General of Police, Solomon Arase later rescued her and arrested Dahiru in February 2016 and in March 2016 he was subsequently arraigned on a five count charge of abduction, human trafficking, illicit intercourse, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge.
Oruru who was already six months pregnant when she was rescued later
He hinted that steps would commence to file an appeal.