Ese Oruru, baby, no longer in our custody – Bayelsa Police

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The Bayelsa Police Command has confirmed the release of Ese Oruru from the police protective custody to the family.

This is coming barely a month after her parents said they were no longer comfortable with their daughter’s continuous stay in police protective custody, which they described as uncomfortable for a nursing mother and her baby.

The 14-year-old girl and native of Delta State but resident in Bayelsa state, was allegedly abducted on August 12, 2015 and taken from Yenagoa to Kano where she was converted to Islam and married by her abductor, Yunusa Dahiru, aka Yellow.

However, when Ese was rescued and returned to Yenagoa in March, police authorities discovered she was five months pregnant.

The teenager delivered of a child in May.

Ese had been at the Police Officers’ Mess, Yenagoa, the state capital, even after she delivery and her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Oruru, had last month lamented her absence from school.

According to them, denying their daughter her freedom through protective custody while the accused person roamed the streets on bail was ‘ironic’.

But the Bayelsa Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr Asinim Butwats, in a statement on Friday said, “They (the parents) wrote an application that they want her to leave and the police released them.

“And honestly I don’t even know where she is now”, he stressed.

The Chairman of the Civil Liberty Organisation in Bayelsa, Chief Nengi James, also said, leaving Bayelsa was the best thing for the Oruru family because the police had started treating them like prisoners.

“It was part of our (CLO) recommendation to the family that she should leave Bayelsa because of the psychological and emotional trauma she has been facing since she returned.

“She was also under threat and it was only natural that she leaves this environment.

“More over, the police were treating them as if they were prisoners and the parents complained to us.

“The Bayelsa state government has tried but some of their other promises on the education of the girl were not forthcoming.

“The Delta state government has disappointed the family. They have not fulfilled their promises and this is very disappointing,” he added.

Via Daily Post

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