The abduction and consequent marriage of a 14-year-minor, Ese Oruru from Bayelsa State by a Kano boy, Yunusa is gradually taking another dimension as the Senator representing Bayelsa East District, Ben Murray-Bruce lambasts Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase over his comment.
Ben Bruce who just arrived in Nigeria bemoaned the statement credited to Arase that only the Emir of Kano, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi could influence him to release the abducted girl whose parents had been in serious trauma.
Yunusa had abducted Ese in August 2015 in Opolo, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and taken her to Kano where he converted her to a Muslim and consequently married the minor.
The girl’s parents had raised the alarm and in the course of rescuing their daughter, they had travelled to Kano, only to be told that the girl had married and would not be released. After series of police investigations and intervention by the Emir of Kano, the IG, Arase made a comment that only Sanusi could make him to release the girl.
Reacting, the raging senator who spoke at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja on Monday said he had contacted Emir of Kano and that the monarch had exonerated himself from the issue. He said, “I have been on an international flight without Internet and just landed at MMA only to be briefed on the abduction of Ese.
After being briefed I have consulted to establish the facts of the matter. Having done so, I make the following statement; Directing his message to Arase, Ben Bruce said, IGP Arase, Ese is a minor and can’t consent to marry.
The constitution is clear. Your duty is to ensure her release to her parents. The constitution of Nigeria respects no person. To pick and choose on whom it should apply is unconstitutional. Use your powers to free Ese. Your statement that Ese's release is "dependent" on persons is sad. Her release is guaranteed by the constitution.
Ben Bruce said, "Ensure you Free Ese. If you refuse to enforce the Nigerian constitution this matter will be escalated to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. "
The IGP is in a pole position to show that there are no sacred cows in Nigeria and everyone is equal before the law,” he said.