14 year old Ese Rita Oruru, the Bayelsa born girl child who was abducted by Yunusa Dahiru, alias Yellow but rescued by the Police in Kano, has been discovered to be about 5 months pregnant, very reliable sources have told Vanguard.
Consequently, it was gathered that the white Hijab dress she wore on her arrival from Kano on Tuesday, was used to cover the pregnancy even though her physical condition and looks created a suspicion.
Vanguard was told that it was the condition in which the Police authorities found Ese that informed the IGP, Solomon Arase’s directive that she should be handed over to the Gender and Child Protection Unit and later, a team from the Medical Department of the Force to carry out a comprehensive medical examination of the girl-child at the Police Medical Facility in Area 1, Garki.
Upon certifying her medical status and emotional state, Vanguard gathered that the Inspector General of Police feeling uncomfortable with the transport arrangement of the mother that they return by road, cancelled the arrangement and directed that both Ese and her mother be flown to Yenegoa by air.
Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the Bayelsa State Police Command to take over investigation in the child violence offense saga because according to sources, the offense was committed in Bayelsa which is the place of residence of the abductor, Yunusa Dahiru.
Consequently, Vanguard was told that Yunusa will be moved to Yenegoa to face interrogation and prosecution for kidnapping and child abuse as well as violence against a girl-child.
Reflection: Overtime, there have been rumours of paedophilia perpetrated and perpetuated most especially in the northern part of Nigeria. It is in this country we have seen a northern senator moving a motion for the legalisation of underage marriage which the jobless senators of all the pressing issues in the country at that time, actually gave listening ears to, and could not slam it back at the face of the senator who moved the motion.
The Ese case is not the first and if not properly handled and the perpetrator(s) brought to book will not be the last.
Only today, Femi Fani-Kayode wrote on this same issue of which he even indicted the Emir of Kano and I think that the IGP should also question the Emir as long as his name has been mentioned in the case. The Emir has got to prove his innocence to prove Fani-Kayode wrong.
Lastly, was it Yunusa who impregnated and committed violence against Ese? If not him, who? Who is Yunusa working for? Is Ese the first girl he has kidnapped? These and many more are what the IGP must investigate.