Yunusa Dahiru, the alleged abductor of teenager Ese Oruru, has reportedly been released on bail and taken to Kano.
Yunusa is facing a five-count charge of abduction, illicit intercourse, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor, Ese Oruru.
Kayode Olaosebikan, Yunusa’s lawyer confirmed his release on Sunday in Yenagoa, adding that the accused family has taken him away. He however did not disclose where he was taken to.
A source within the prison, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, also confirmed Yunusa’s release.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was lately drafted to lead Yunusa’s defence team which had battled since March to secure his release from prison following the bail conditions given by Justice Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa.
Justice Nganjiwa had set a N3 million bail bond and two sureties in like sum, resident within the jurisdiction of the court. He also ordered that one of the sureties must be a traditional title holder, while the second person must be a civil servant on Grade Level 12 or above.
The bail conditions also stipulated that the two sureties must submit their three-year tax clearance receipts and that the defence counsel must sign an undertaking that the accused would not jump bail.
However, the bail conditions were later relaxed after the defence counsel pleaded with the judge that they could not meet some of them.
Nganjiwa consequently reduced the bail conditions to a level nine civil servant and further granted the prayer of the defendant to also allow any traditional ruler from any community in the country to stand as surety.
He then adjourned the trial to September 13 for further cross examination of Ese by Yunusa’s defence counsel.