Ese Oruru, Bayelsa girl abducted and forced into marriage in Kano, now in university

Ese Oruru

Ese Oruru, the Bayelsa girl who was abducted as a teenager and forced into marriage in Kano, is now studying in a university, former education minister Oby Ezekwesili said on Friday.

Mrs Ezekwesili did not disclose the university in her tweet, although she noted that Oruru had a baby girl for her abductor.

Oruru was 13 years old when she was abducted on August 12, 2015, at her mother’s shop in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

“How many of you on this @Twitter remember Ese Oruru, young woman who was impregnated and abducted to Kano?” Ezekwesili asked to begin the news.

“I stayed on the matter beyond our collective success in getting her back to her parents. Ese had a baby girl, I supported her to continue with her JSS. She’s in University.”

Oruru was abducted by Yunusa Dahiru, and taken to Kano where she was converted to Islam and married off without her parents’ consent.

On February 29, 2016, she was rescued by the police in Kano State and placed in the custody of the government. She was later revealed to be five months pregnant with her abductor’s child after being released.

In May 2020, a Federal High Court in Bayelsa sentenced Mr Dahiru to 26 years in prison. He pleaded not guilty to charges of abduction, kidnapping, unlawful carnal knowledge and sexual exploitation by the police.