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#FreeEse – Teen in Safe Hands & Medical Tests being Carried Out, Going to Abuja Today



ese-freeYesterday, after an online campaign led by Punch Newspaper, Ese Oruru was freed.

Punch reports,

Barely 24 hours after the inauguration of PUNCH newspapers campaign, 14-year-old Ese Oruru was rescued from Kano State where she had been taken to by her paedophile captor, Yinusa, aka Yellow.

Ese, who was abducted on August 12, 2015, converted to Islam and forcefully married by Yinusa, was on Monday released to the police in Kano State.

The minor was released to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 1, Kano, Shuaibu Gambo, by the Kano Emirate Council.

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, who confirmed this to one of our correspondents via a text message, said Ese would soon be reunited with her parents.

He said, “She is safe with us. She will be reunited with her parents.”

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, also confirmed that Ese had been released to the AIG Zone 1, adding that she would be brought to Abuja on Tuesday along with her parents.

She said, “Ese has been released and as I speak with you, she is with the AIG, Zone 1, Kano. She will be brought to Abuja tomorrow (Tuesday) along with her parents.

While an alleged interview uploaded by Premium Times is making the rounds, Ese’s family has confirmed that she is indeed 14. Her older brother Onome had this to say;

What will you tell people who claim your sister is 17, and not 14 years old as your mother has said?
It is funny that these people are saying all sorts of things about my sister and her age. Everybody can see it, it is clear. I can’t be 16 years old, and my younger sister will be older than me. How can she be 17 years old, when my immediate elder sister, will clock 19 years old on March 7 this year? We all have about two years’ age difference in between. Ese clocked 14 on February 22.


  1. ElessarisElendil

    March 1, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Now let’s all do the responsible thing and let the family have their privacy.

  2. Lotus flower

    March 1, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Glad she safe. Shame on all those who attempted to deceive Nigerians. Those so-called activists and reporters should be charged along with the abductors.

  3. Bubu

    March 1, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Please let’s still #Pray4Ese. I was just thinking of it, she has been with these people for over 6months, she must have gone through a lot of diabolical, Sexually, mental and even physical torture. God bless heal this child, restore her and make her whole. Parents please let a be sensitive this could be any other family, let your children learn not to get unnecessary familiar with strangers. A STRANGER IS A STRANGER WHETHER THEY ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS, NEIGHBOURS OR WHATEVER. A STRANGER SHOULD REMAIN A STRANGER.

    • Bubu

      March 1, 2016 at 8:12 am

      *Let us

    • Bubu

      March 1, 2016 at 8:13 am

      I meant to say God please heal this child.

  4. ACE

    March 1, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Thank God!

  5. sista

    March 1, 2016 at 9:25 am

    very happy to hear this news.
    she must really be traumatized.

    I tell my friends Africa will never be a developed continent and they don’t get me. development isn’t about putting up plush buildings and be fashionable. its about leaving the archaic ideologies in the caves. what just happened isn’t peculiar to Nigeria. in my home country, same goes on on the blind side of the law .
    it’s about time we all make it our duty to protect one another.


    March 1, 2016 at 9:31 am

    God will punish some of THESE hausa Muslims. This is just so painful and sad to see that some people are second class citizens in their own country. Imagine if PUNCH did not start this campaign. Just speechless and disgusted. Hope they have not injected her with any harmful substance or even poisoned her sef. This girl needs to be watched closely and monitored round the clock., maybe even relocated to some were else were a psychologist can help her get her life together

  7. Moyo

    March 1, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Now that Ese is back, let us begin to teach our children to be careful with whom they associate with. It is obvious that the Northern muslims do not see anything wrong with indoctrination and abduction, let us even leave the issue of kidnapping aside, it is a crime. Is it that under Islamic law, if a man wants to marry, he does not seek the consent of the girl’s parents, is this not ridiculous. Do they see girls and women as chattels that can be moved away at any time. This is the height of impunity. No wonder that all Northern elders did not make any noise about the abduction of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram. It is probably a way of life for them. They should not come and try it in the South here, they will get their hands burnt. I am so angry

  8. Toes

    March 1, 2016 at 9:38 am

    No word about the fate of the kidnapper? Throw him behind bars and drop the keys in a lake-my 2 cents.
    On a side note, amazing the power social media has. More of this fight against social ills in our country will be welcome.

  9. mulikat

    March 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

    BUBA,write : A STRANGER IS A STRANGER WHETHER THEY ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS, NEIGHBOURS OR WHATEVER. A STRANGER SHOULD REMAIN A STRANGER.which is exactly in my mind to write, God i thank u and happy for this small gal families.pls take her to Hospital to do all text on her, 6 months with so call force husband, than have disvirgin the poor gal,may be say no, get beating of her life,God will take control of u,mother becarefull with customers,neighbours, uncles not to close to ur kids gal or boy.

  10. Bee

    March 1, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for heeding our call and posting an unbiased report. Some media spinners are trying to angle the story to reflect a defiant teen and uncaring parents. No one has brought the abductor to book. God help this country is all I can say.

  11. Word

    March 1, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Thank God for bringing home safe.

    • Word

      March 1, 2016 at 10:39 am


  12. just bored

    March 1, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Am not condoning child abduction or child marriage but has any one asked why are parents are not in Kano or go to Kano to get her released? Parental failure in my own opinion.

    • Beeeee

      March 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Yea, because you know the entire story, you have already judged it as parental failure… just wow!!!! The person/people responsible for masterminding this barabaric act are the ones you should be releasing your venom on, and not this family that has suffered for months and whom you know nothing about.

    • Just bored?? Use your brain!!!!

      March 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Must you comment? Where have you been? They have been to Kano several times even to the Emirs palace which was where they were told she had converted to muslim and is married.

    • Moyo

      March 1, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      the parents had gone to Kano, the girl was not released to them

    • kb

      March 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Are you following this story or you just decided to ‘jabo’ inside the gist? The mother went to Kano and they did not tell her where the girl was, they refused to let her see her child.

    • gurl_wendy

      March 2, 2016 at 1:12 am

      If you read the full story in the punch, you’ll read how her parents have been to Kano countless times to get her to no avail, how immediately when it happened her mum went to Kano but was denied seeing her own child. Her parents are petty traders with limited funds.

  13. Celeste

    March 1, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Interesting! The friend I mentioned about previously was also a strong scripture union member – she was a girl who grew in church. These people know how to choose their victims well and I refuse to believe Yinusa is 18years. Its a ploy to water down their sex crime against a minor.

  14. Celeste

    March 1, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Returning and reuniting Ese with her family is never enough. Ese should be medically and psychologically evaluated. She should get all the help she need – spiritually and mentally.

    Yinusa and whoever aided him should face the wrath of the law!
    If it were a christian or southerner that did this and converted an Aisha to Ese, hell will be let loose by now. But here we are, even pleading to sex criminals/perverts to return a child to her family. You marry your kids and hide behind religion to defend your inappropriate sexual preference, as if that’s not bad enough, you kidnap, defile and sexually molest our daughters too. Mbanuu!

    *Core north be lording themselves over the rest of Nigeria since 1914.

    • Beeeee

      March 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      You can just imagine. May God help us in this country. Whom did you get her from? DId you arrest the person? Yes, we are glad she is back home but where is the idiot?

  15. kim kim

    March 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Thank God. I couldn’t rest ever since I read that article. I had exams today’s and I couldn’t even concentrate. Punch, thank u for the campaign. thanks to those involved in this little girl’s rescue. Please, she should be treated well cos I am sure she has gone through a lot. The perpetrators should be punished ooo..her rescue isn’t enough. That beast should be punished. Thank God.

  16. Moyo

    March 1, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I just read a report now that 3 female students have been abducted by gunmen from a Christian secondary school in Ikorodu, Lagos. I don’t know if this abduction is becoming a trend but we need to pray and cover ourselves with God’s protection. We pray that the girls will be found soon. Governor Ambode please do something immediately

  17. Peaches77

    March 1, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Nigeria you see yourself!

    This is totally disgusting! What kind of country is this?

    How can Nigeria advance as a country when there is tacit support in high places for this kind of behavior?

    This abductor must go to jail! Nigeria, a country of double moralities… Sad sad sad

  18. Prec

    March 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I am so glad, okay, what happens to her abductors now?? The police force that couldn’t get her back sinceeee? An Emir that allegedly said he authorized her release and still wasn’t released, maybe his authority isn’t needed if he can’t influence a case like this, just saying.

  19. Moyo

    March 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Please join in prayers for the protection, safety and safe release/recovery of 3 female students of Babington Macaulay School, Ikorodu who were kidnapped last night. Please pray and spread the news. I pray that God will release these girls from their captives in Jesus Names. Please help the news and pray

  20. bibi15

    March 2, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations dear. Well done! I am so proud to be a Nigerian right now! God bless you for your hard work. Hard work surely pays! Am so shocked that’s there’s no comment from anyone about the achievement of Mst. Dada. Am sure if the report about him is that he raped a girl now we would have hundreds of comment. We should learn how to be happy for others & show it!

  21. bibi15

    March 2, 2016 at 11:58 am

    This comment is for d Unilag student that Got 5.0 GPA

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