Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
Mr Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, Tuesday vowed to ensure the quick rehabilitation and reintegration of Ese Oruru, the teenager who was allegedly abducted, converted to Islam and forcefully married by one Yinusa, a Kano State indigene.
While regretting the entire case involving the abduction of the 14 year-old, the governor called on parents and guardians “to be extremely vigilant, especially in the monitoring of the activities of their children’’.
The governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, added that doing so would ensure that youngsters do not fall victims to the antics of mischief makers who might want to take advantage of them.
He expressed satisfaction with the various individuals, non-governmental and civil society groups for bringing the matter to national and international focus, thereby quickening the process of the teenager’s release.
He said the government was prepared to support every effort to reunite Ese Oruru with her family in Yenagoa, and ensuring her proper rehabilitation and reintegration into the society to resume her normal life.
Dickson who commended the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, for the role he played in ensuring the release of the victim, also applauded security agencies for handling the matter with swiftness and professionalism.
“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”, he said.
He specifically lauded the efforts of the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, for ensuring the safety of the young woman during her stay in Kano, noting that the state government was grateful to all those who made Miss Oruru’s release a reality.