The Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has explained his role in the abduction of a Bayelsan 14-year-old girl, Ese Oruru, saying he actually ordered that the girl be returned to her parents the first time he met her.

He said this at a news conference to exonerate himself from the alleged crime in which a Kano boy, Yunusa abducted Oruru, converted her to a Muslim and married her without the consent of her parents.

Speaking, Sanusi said, “In Islam, she has no right to just go ahead and decide things for herself. She is still young.  She is not matured enough. And nowhere in Islam where such young girls can just make up their mind and give their hands in marriage just like that. It is not permitted in Islam. That is why we said she must be taken back to her parents.”

The monarch said he was surprised when he saw online stories alleging that he ordered for the girl to remain in captivity of the palace.

“To my utter surprise since from the time we ordered that the girl be taken to her parents in Bayelsa through AIG Zone 1 office, we didn’t hear anything about her. Just for us to now start hearing all kinds of stories that we are keeping her in our custody.  This is injustice of the highest order, “Kano Emir said.

He said: “Since August last year, the District Head of Kura came to the palace with a young girl of about 15 years, alongside with somebody from the area whom we were told was married to him after she was converted to Islam.

“I ordered for her immediate repatriation to her parents who were said to be in Bayelsa State. I ordered the Kano State Shariah Commission to liaise with the Assistant Inspector General ( AIG)  Zone 1 to assist in taking her back to her parents in Bayelsa, through the AIG who oversees Bayelsa axis, for her safety.”