‘Yinusa raped our daughter,’ Abducted teenager’s parents say
Ese was abducted from Bayelsa State by Yinusa in 2015 and taken to Kano where she remained until yesterday, March 2, 2016.
Her parents made the disclosure to Punch following widespread rumours that Ese is five months pregnant.
“My daughter was raped by that man. I saw the sign when I first saw her last night. We are glad ‘stage one’ is over. I am happy she has been finally released and I have seen her, but I am sad. Now we will have to face whatever comes next,” her father, Charles Oruru said.
“They told us she had undergone medical tests in Kano and Abuja. Until I see the results of the tests, I can’t say for sure if Ese is pregnant or not, but I think my daughter was raped,” her mother, Rose Oruru said.
“And that is another issue entirely; and the laws are there, which says rape is a crime. It was like she had been hypnotised,” she added.
Ese has also said that she doesn’t remember making the journey to Kano with Yinusa.
The abduction has also been surrounded by much controversy due to the involvement of the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Earlier Media reports had it that Yinusa was being protected by persons within the Emir’s palace.
The claim was further strengthened after Arase said that he couldn’t save the girl without Sanusi’s intervention. The Emir however told Punch that he had ordered that Ese be returned home since September 2015.
“I ordered her repatriation since September 2015 through the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 1. But to my surprise, the issue is still in between the Sharia Commission, Hisbah (religious police) and the Police,”Sanusi said.
“Ese is under aged and she can’t be married off as an under aged. Every Muslim also knows that marriage can’t be without guidance. She must be taken back to her parents; she can only marry when she reaches the age of 18 years,” Sanusi added.
Meanwhile, Ese has reportedly said that she wasn’t abducted but went with Yinusa of her own accord.
“No. I am not abducted by anybody,” the teenager supposedly said in an audio recording obtained by Premium Times. "My name is Aisha Chuwas. I am 17-year-old. I came here to be a Muslim and I will stay here,” she added.
Ese’s parents have however maintained that she is 14-years-old despite her claim to be 17. Meanwhile, the age of her abductor is still in dispute.
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