The father of the teenager who was abducted from Bayelsa to Kano, Charles Oruru, has said that he is sad by the abduction of his daughter, Ese. According to him: ” Without the support of the media and civil society groups there is nothing I could have done. Left to the police, the matter would have died a natural death. The plight of my family and child would have been unknown and she would have been lost in Kano. We are praying for the return of my daughter so that we can all celebrate. If they bring my daughter back successfully I will be very happy. As the father, I am like a fish out of water. I have not been myself since she was forcibly taken away. When ever I think of her I shed tears. She is only minor she was taken away when she was 13 years old but as I speak with you she is now 14 years. I don’t have many children and the few I have I make sure I take good care of them because I know they will be great in future if they are given good education.”
Narrating his experience since his daughter’s abduction, Mr. Oruru said: “On August 12, 2015, when I returned from work, I was told that Ese had gone to see her classmate who had an accident at Tombia. When she did not return home, we began a search and one Mohammed (alias Daidi) informed us that one Mr. Yinusa (alias Yellow) had taken Ese to Kano to convert her into Islam, recruit her into an Islamist fanatical group and marry her. “I want to make it clear that no one consulted me or paid me bride price for my daughter. Besides, she is too young and is still in school. I do not have any prior knowledge or consented to what happened.
“My wife is a food vendor and her customers are mostly Hausa men, who she sometime gives free meal. The said Mr. Yinusa does not have a steady source of income; sometimes my wife gives him free meal. “As much as I know, he was not having any affair with my daughter and I am sure that he must have used charms. “Acting on the above information, my wife (Mrs Rose Oruru) approached one Dan Kano, who not only confirmed the story but also promised to take her to Kano to recover our daughter.
“Dan Kano reneged on his promise and rather sent one Rabiu to accompany her to Kano. We were advised that only my wife should go to Kano. On August 14, 2015 she went there and the said Rabiu took my wife to the chief of a village called Tufa in Kura Local Government Area of Kano State on August 15, 2015. After relaying the purpose of their visit, the said chief was furious with Rabiu for bringing my wife to Kano and told them that Ese had been converted to Islam and renamed Aisha, married and that the child was no longer her child. He also informed them that Ese was in the custody of the Emir of Kano, HH Muhammadu Sanusi II, at the palace. My wife, in the company of Rabiu, approached the Emir of Kano’s palace but were driven away by youths. The said Yinusa, through phone calls, informed my wife that he did not kidnap her daughter as he took permission from Dan Kano before he abducted her.”