related Ese Oruru’s abductor Dahiru bags 26 years imprisonment

Ese Oruru’s abductor Dahiru bags 26 years imprisonment

Yinusa Dahiru, who abducted Ese Oruru in 2015 has been sentenced to 26 years in prison after he was found guilty of child trafficking and other charges

The sentence was handed down by the federal high court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital on Thursday.

Dahiru took Ese, then 13 years, from her home in Bayelsa  to Kano State where he ‘forcefully’ married her and changed her name to Aisha after converting to Islam.



Her parents and human rights activists thereafter petitioned the police to investigate the case of Ese’s human right being violated by an individual.

Ese was later returned to Bayelsa in March 2016, pregnant. She was delivered of a baby girl on May 26, 2016.

Dahiru was later charged with child trafficking, child abuse, rape, kidnap, infringement on the right to religion, and holding a person against her will.

One of Dahiru’s lawyer said the case was ‘a typical case of Romeo and Juliet’ and disagreed that Ese was 13 years old.

Justice Jane Inyang of the federal high court held that Dahiru was not guilty of count one which bothered on abduction.

The judge, however, found him guilty of child trafficking, illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge.

He was jailed five years in count two which bothered on child trafficking, seven years in count three – illicit sex, seven years in count four sexual exploitation and seven years in count five – unlawful carnal knowledge.

The judge, however, held that the sentences should run consecutively, which means the convict will spend a maximum of 26 years in jail unless he gets his conviction overturned by the appellate court.




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