The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has promised that his administration will rehabilitate and reintegrate the rescued Ese Oruru into the society to resume normal life.
The governor expressed regret over the abduction of the 14-year-old girl in Yenagoa and taken to Kano, Kano State, for a forceful marriage and conversion into Islam, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said on Tuesday.
He also called on parents and guardians “to be extremely vigilant, especially in the monitoring of the activities of their children, with a view to ensuring that they do not fall victim to the antics of mischief makers.”
Dickson, who condemned the entire action, however, expressed satisfaction with the various individuals, the media, non-governmental and civil society groups for bringing the matter to national and international focus.
“We are pledging the government’s preparedness to support every effort at not only re-uniting Ese Oruru with her family back in Yenagoa, but also ensure her proper rehabilitation and reintegration into the society to resume her normal life,” the governor stated.
While commending the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, for the role played in ensuring the release of the victim, Dickson also applauded security agencies for the swiftness and professionalism with which the matter was handled.
He thanked the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, for ensuring the safety of Ese and eventual handing over to the Police in Kano.
“The government and people of Bayelsa State will remain eternally grateful to all those, who contributed in one way or the other in giving the issue the desired attention,” Dickson said.
Ese was abducted in August last year by Yinusa, aka Yellow, a long standing customer of her mother, Rose Oruru and taken to Kano where she was forced into marriage and converted to Islam.
The report by the SUNDAY PUNCH last week leading to a launch of #freeEse campaign by Punch newspapers and public outrage generated over her abduction resulted in her freedom on Monday.