Rose Oruru, the mother of Ese Oruru who was allegedly abducted by Yunusa AKA Yellow has said that she assisted Yunusa but he betrayed her and the Oruru family by abducting their then 13 year-old daughter (Ese turned 14 in February).
Yunusa was said to have abducted Ese from Bayelsa in August 2015, converted her to Islam. Ese’s mother has however, denied claims by Yunusa’s father that the alleged served their family for 10 years as a house help.
She says that she met Yunusa in 2012, saying he used to help people carry their load from the market and as a food seller he usually patronized her and on several occasions she would give him free food or sell to him on credit. She also offered him shelter in her shop at night, but stopped when she suspected him of stealing from her.
She also vehemently denies claims that her daughter willingly ran away with Yunusa.
According to Punch,
“Yunusa was one of the Hausa people in the area, and he used to come to my shop to buy food, and sometimes when he did not have money, we would sell to him on credit or give him food for free.
“When we discovered that he needed a place to lay his head at night, I decided to help him by allowing him to pass the night in the shop, but not to live there.
“We did not know he would turn against us and kidnap our daughter. Yunusa betrayed me and my family, despite how we helped him.”
Rose described him as someone who was known to people around the area because he was friendly.
She said he sold firewood for some time until someone in the area gave him a tricycle to ride.
“I remember that he behaved like a good person; people in our area knew him very well. Nobody would have thought he could do such a thing,” she added.
According to Rose, Yunusa was asked to stop coming to sleep in her shop in 2013 after some items got missing in the shop.
Rose said items such as rice and bottles of soft drinks disappeared.
She said, “That was when I became suspicious. Since I could not prove it, I just asked him to stop coming to the shop to pass the night. This was in late 2012 or early 2013.
“I had to start locking the fridge and my cupboard. Why would I do that if I had trusted him?”
She said people who said Ese willingly travelled to Kano with him did not know Yunusa’s history.
She recalled that a few weeks after she asked Yunusa to stop coming to sleep in her shop, her shop was burgled.
She said she lost valuables, including food items and a big television set that came with a DVD player.
“That television set was even bigger than the one currently in my shop. We do not want to lay blame on anyone because we could not say that this was the person that did it,” she added.
She said a year later, Yunusa started coming to the shop to buy food.
She said, “He came one day to beg me to forgive him. I then told him that I did not hold anything against him that I had forgiven him.
“But how could I have known that he was planning to do something bad to my daughter?
“I know my daughter, Ese, she would never have done such a thing with someone like Yunusa. She did not go to Kano with him on her own accord.”
Ese has since this week been reunited with her family and Yunusa has been transferred to Bayelsa for trial.