The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has delivered judgement in the famous Ese Oruru case.
Eze Ororu then 13 years old in 2015 was abducted from her mother’s shop in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. She was taken to Kano State and then renamed Aisha following her forced marriage to Dahiru, her abductor in the palace of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the deposed Emir of Kano, who was a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The parents of Eze Ororu, Rose and Charles Oruru, fought to bring back their girl into their custody but for months, all their efforts were unsuccessful. The Nigeria Police Force, pressured by public outrage that the abduction and forced marriage had generated later swooped in and reportedly rescued Ese, who was by that time five months pregnant, from deposed Emir Sanusi’s palace after six months of living there.
Ebun Adegboruwa (SAN), a human rights lawyer, had then described the incident as a case of child trafficking. Nigerians and prominent organizations in the civil space demanded justice for Ese and her family.
However on Thursday (today) , Justice Jane Inyang of the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa sentenced Dahiru to 24 years in prison.
In a judgment she delivered, she acquitted Dahiru on count one but jailed him five years (count two), seven years (count three) seven years (count four) and seven years, count five. The judge said the sentences would run concurrently.