The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said the rescue of the abducted 14-year-old girl, Ese Oruru, who was forced into marriage in Kano, is stalling because the Emir of Kano’s Hajj trip.
The teenage girl was on August 12, 2015, abducted in Bayelsa by one Yinusa, aka Yellow. The kidnapper is said to be a long standing customer of the victim’s mother, Mrs. Rose Oruru, a food vendor in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.
Yellow allegedly took Ese to Kano state, where he forcefully converted her to Islam and married her.
The story has sparked outrage on social media, with many demanding for Ese’s release, including the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi II.
Speaking to Punch, Arase said: “The Emir decided that he was going to mediate. But, because of his trip to Mecca with the President; that was what caused the delay. But now that he is back, we are going to sort it out as quickly as possible.”
Efforts to secure the release of Ese, who is believed to held in the Emir of Kano’s palace, had proved abortive, according to her parents.