Parents of Ese Oruru, the teenage girl who was allegedly abducted from her home in Bayelsa State earlier this year, have condemned the girl’s continued stay in Police “protective custody”, saying that they want their daughter back with them and in school.
The Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, had on Monday adjourned the abduction case to December 8, a decision that did not go down well with the girl’s parents.
They wondered why the accused person, Yinusa Dahiru, should be enjoying his freedom on bail, while the victim, is being denied access to her family in the guise of protection.
Ese’s parents alleged that their daughter and her baby were being kept in conditions that’s not very conducive for her welfare and that of her baby.
The 14-year old Ese was delivered of a baby girl on May 25, 2016 while under Police care at the Police Officers Mess in Yenagoa and has remained there since
Ese’s father Charles Oruru, noted with sadness that his daughter should be in school and not at the police officers mess with her new born baby.
“My daughter has been yearning and even crying to go back to school as her classmates are now ahead of her, she has lost a whole year to this saga and she is still in Police protective custody while the accused is enjoying freedom on bail,” he said.
“I am begging the Delta government, Nigeria and the world at large to come to our aide.”
Oruru hails from Delta State but resides in Yenagoa and he wants the Delta state government to assist him in catering for his children’s education.
Rose Oruru, mother of the victim, added that they have received assistance from people as well as some police officers, but maintained that the Police Officers’ Mess “is not a good place to stay and bring up a new born baby.”
“We are just abandoned in a room that we are not even allowed to go out,” she said.
“We stay with our trash bin which is smelling , we and the new born baby are compelled to breathe the offensive smell.
“So the world should note that we are been marginalised for no reason,” she lamented.
Counsel to the accused, Kayode Olaosebikan who was in court with Yunusa who has been granted bail said no information was given as to the reason for the court’s failure to sit.
He said the case has been adjourned till December 8 for further hearing of the matter.