The story of Ese Oruru, a 14-year-old schoolgirl in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State allegedly abducted and married by a Kano man has got Nigerians talking.
In August 2015, Ese, then 13, was abducted by one Yinusa and taken to Kano, where he converted her to Islam and married her.
Ese’s mother, Mrs. Rose Oruru, a food vendor in Opolo, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, said Yinusa was a longstanding customer.
Since August 12 when her parents made the shocking discovery, trips to Kano, the involvement of the police and efforts to get the Emir of Kano, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, at whose palace the girl is believed to be held to resolve the matter and ensure the return of the 14-year-old to her parents have failed.
While her mother was told that Ese had converted to Islam and, therefore, was no longer her daughter, her father was told that his daughter was an 18-year-old adult and not 14, hence she was capable of making decisions for herself.
Here’s how Nigerians are reacting to this story
— Ken Henshaw (@Ken_Henshaw) February 28, 2016
After Ese is freed, EVERYONE who was part of the process that saw something as ridiculous as this happen ought to be put in Jail #FreeEse
— Chidi Okereke (@Chydee) February 29, 2016
In Nigeria, justice delayed doesn't just harm the victims, it harms unity as well. A case like this only 'emboldens' tribalism…#FreeEse
— Temisan Okomi (@temiokomi) February 29, 2016
This #FreeEse thing is funny. The idiot that abducted the girl should have been in custody to start with. Nigeria is a lawless country sha.
— Ediong (@Ediong) February 28, 2016
Don't get carried away by the religion angle to the story. The two issues are the issue of kidnap and forceful marriage. #FreeEse
— Abubakar Sidiq Usman (@MrAbuSidiq) February 28, 2016
The most annoying part of #FreeEse issue is that the miscreants are using Islam as a shield to perpetrate their crime.
— Ebuka Akara (@ebuka_akara) February 28, 2016
— Lola Shoneyin (@lolashoneyin) February 28, 2016
Dear Muslim friends. Those of you I call my friends are decent people. Will you keep quiet while miscreants shame your religion? #FreeEse
— Chxta (@Chxta) February 28, 2016