Court Sentences Dahiru to 26 years imprisonment for rape, abduction of Ese Oruru


The Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, has sentenced Yinusa Dahiru to 26 years in prison, after finding him guilty of rape, and child trafficking, in a case that was filed five years ago.

Dahiru had abducted Ese Oruru from her home in Bayelsa, to Kano on August 12th, 2015.

He married her, converted her to Islam and changed her name to Aisha.

On May 26, 2016, Ese was delivered of a baby girl.

Ese was eventually returned to her parents, after months of outcry from human rights activists and police investigations, and Dahiru was charged with child trafficking, child abuse, rape, kidnap, infringement on the right to religion, and holding a person against her will.

Dahiru was granted bail on March 21st, 2016, but was finally convicted on Wednesday.



Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.

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