9 March 2016

Nigeria: Ese Oruru - Yunusa Charged With Criminal Abduction

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Yunusa Dahiru.

Yunusa Dahiru, alias Yellow, the alleged abductor of 14 years old Ese Oruru, was, yesterday, arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, by the Nigeria Police.

He was arraigned on a five-count charge of criminal abduction, illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.

The police prosecuting team was led by Kenneth Dika from the Force Headquarters.

The charge read: "That you, Yunusa Dahiru, a male, resident in Opolo-Eipie area of Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, conspired with the duo of Dankano Mohammed and Mallam Alhassan, between August 2015 and February, 2016, to commit an offence of abduction and thereby committed offence punishable under section 27(a) of the Trafficking in Persons (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015."

Count two: "That you, Yunusa Dahiru, abducted Ese Oruru by means of coercion, transported and harboured her in Kano State and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 13(2)(b) of the Trafficking in Persons (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015."

Count three: "That you, Yunusa Dahiru, induced Ese Oruru by the use of deception and coercion to go with you from Yenagoa to Kano State with intent that she be forced or seduced into illicit intercourse and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 15(a) of the Trafficking in Persons (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015."

Count four: "That you, Yunusa Dahiru, procured Ese Oruru and subjected her to sexual exploitation in Kano State and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 16(1) of the Trafficking in Persons (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015."

Count five: "That you, Yinusa Dahiru, had unlawful carnal knowledge of Ese Oruru without her consent and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 357 of the criminal code Act and punishable under section 358 of the Criminal code ACT, Cap. C.38 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004."

The suspect, who was brought to court in a Toyota Hilux van with the inscription 'Legal Department,' amidst tight security, clad in cream coloured kaftan and brown cap to match, looked relaxed all through the court session.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge read to him in pidgin English.

A police interpreter, who attempted to assist the accused in Hausa language without the court's clearance was rebuked by the trial judge, Justice H. Nganjiwa.

Justice Nganjiwa, after listening to the prosecuting counsel, Kenneth Dika and Kayode Olaosebikan, counsel to the defendant, on the agreed adjournment date of March 14, informed that the priority of the court was the hearing of the case and other motions that may be filed by the counsel.

The court ordered the remand of the accused in police custody and adjourned till March 14, to hear the bail application.

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