Five Years After, Ese Oruru’s Abductor to Spend 26 years in Jail
A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, yesterday convicted Yunusa Dahiru for the abduction of 14-year-old Ese Oruru, an indigene of Delta State
The presiding Justice Jane Inyang sentenced Dahiru to 26 years imprisonment in the judgment she delivered yesterday. Dahiru abducted Oruru from her family house at Opolo area of Yenagoa on August 12, 2015 and took her to his home state, Kano, where he forcibly converted her into Islam.
The minor, who was 14 years old at the time of the incident, was raped, resulting in pregnancy. She was eventually rescued by the police in February 2016 and brought back to Yenagoa in early March, where she gave birth to a baby girl in May of the same year.
On March 8, 2016, Dahiru was arraigned before the Federal High Court on a five-count charge bordering on criminal abduction, illicit intercourse, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.
Among the charges against Dahiru, resident in Opolo-Eipie area of Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, is that he conspired with the duo of Dankano Mohammed and Mallam Alhassan, between August 2015 and February, 2016, to commit an offence of abduction and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 27(a) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
He was also accused of abducting Oruru by means of coercion, transported and harboured her in Kano State and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 13(2)(b) of the Trafficking in Persons (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
Dahiru also faced the trial for inducing Oruru by the use of deception and coercion to go with him from Yenagoa to Kano State with intent that she be forced or seduced into illicit intercourse and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 15(a) of the Trafficking in Persons (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
He was further accused of procuring Oruru and subjecting her to sexual exploitation in Kano State and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 16(1) of the Trafficking in Persons (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
Dahiru was accused of having unlawful carnal knowledge of Oruru without her consent and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 357 of the Criminal Code Act and punishable under section 358 of the Criminal Code ACT, Cap. C.38 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charges which were read to him in pidgin English and on March 21, the first trial judge, Justice Aliya Nganjiwa, granted him bail in the sum of N3million with two sureties in like sum.
Giving her judgment yesterday, Justice Inyang acquitted the accused on count one but found him guilty on counts two, three, four and five. She, therefore, sentenced Dahiru to five years in prison for count two and seven years each for counts three, four and five and that they would run consecutively.