The police and the Kano state Sharia commission are currently embroiled in a blame game as to who should be held responsible for the failure to return Ese Oruru back to her hometown in Opolo, Yanegua local government area of Bayelsa state since August last year.
Ese Oruru was abducted from her Bayelsa home, moved to Kano and allegedly forced to marry one Yunusa Yellow.
According to Leadership, the assistant inspector general of police (AIG) in charge of Zone 1, Shuaibu Lawal Gambo in a press conference held atpPolice zone 1 headquarters in Kano put the blamed on the Kano state Sharia commission for withholding Ese Oruru which restricted the police from taking her back to parents.
He said the commission failed to Bring Ese on a set date she was expected to be taken back by the police to her to her parents in Bayelsa as directed by the Kano emir.
The AIG confirmed obtaining information from his predecessor, AIG Tambari Yabo, that Kano emir, Muhammad Sanusi 11, had sent a delegation made up of some members of Sharia commission and a representative of the Kano emirate with a letter requesting the police to take Ese Oruru back to her parents.
“The delegation in the company of the girl arrived very late in the evening to the Zone, thus, it was rightfully agreed by all parties to bring back Ese Oruru the following day for her return back to Bayelsa, as Kano emir requested”, he said.
Gambo however said the delegation failed to return the lady as agreed for her trip back to Bayelsa, which prompted the police to innocently presumed that the case might have been resolved by the Sharia commission through alternative dispute resolution measures.
However, the director, Islamic Propagation of the Sharia commission, Abduljabbar Uba Kabara, disputed the claim of the police, saying the commission’s officials were turned away from meeting with the AIG when they came back with the girl to follow up the matter.
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“We returned to the Zone the second day as agreed, alongside the lady and the father of the boy and a delegation members. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to see the AIG then, Tambari Yabo.
“I myself went to the zone the third day, but to no avail, as the AIG refused to see me, despite the fact that we obtained a copy of a paper signed by the AIG, indicating that Sharia Commission had received the lady”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Sokoto state police command is to commence investigation into another case of abduction of a teenage girl, Patience Paul, who is being allegedly held in the Sultan’s palace following a directive by the inspector general of police, Solomon Arase.
According to Channels TV, Arase gave the directive in Makurdi, the Benue state capital where he went to attend a peace meeting between Agatu farmers and Fulani herdsmen, following outbreak of hostilities where hundreds of lives were lost and properties worth millions destroyed.
The case of Patience Paul comes shortly after the Police successfully rescued and reunited 14-year-old Ese Ururu with her family after months of captivity in the hands of her abductors in Kano State.