After months of uncertainty, life for 14 year old Ese Oruru, aka “Government Child,” has tilted towards normalcy. Ese, who was returned to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, from where she was abducted, six months earlier, by Yunusa Dahiri, aka Yellow and taken to Kano and forced into early marriage, is now in the third trimester (40 months)of her pregnancy.
Ese-Oruru Yunusa is a commercial tricycle operator, who claimed that he and Ese were lovers and said their relocation to Kano, his home state, without the say-so of Ese’s parents was mutually decided by both of them. Investigations by Niger Delta Voice showed that Oruru, whose domicile has remained the Police Officers’ Mess, located some distance away from the Federal Medical Centre and the headquarters of the Bayelsa State Police Command in the Ovom suburb of the state capital, is due to deliver anytime from now.
Vanguard reports that life in her new home has helped to stabilize her greatly after her abductor-lover converted to Islam under duress and the Bayelsa state government has re-registered her for the Junior Secondary School, JSS III Examination, later in the year, which she could not write, last year, because of her kidnap. Our source disclosed: “Ese has been living a reticent life since she returned because the police barred her classmates and friends from her. Only her parents and siblings are allowed to visit her, but that in a way has assisted in her recovery. Ese, from Uwheru, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State has not been staying with her parents since her liberation.
At her new abode in the Police Officers’ Mess, Yenagoa, the place is out of bound to visitors, including her former schoolmates and teachers. Those authorized to see her are her parents, siblings and medical team. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Peter Ogunyawo and his wife, it was found out, were of tremendous assistance in the rehabilitation magic that Ese has undergone so far.
A security source, who spoke anonymously, asserted: “She is still under police protection with the consent of her parents. The decision to accommodate the minor at the police facility was to facilitate her healing process and enable her pick up the pieces of life. This measure, I must say has paid off as she has regained her composure unlike when she was rescued.” It was also gathered that aside from the Police and the Bayelsa government’s help, non-governmental organizations and civil society organisations as well as her Urhobo folks have marvelously supported her well-being by way of ante-natal materials.