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Ese Abduction: How Emir of Kano, Sanusi’s Order Was Ignored


Femi Fani Kayode had accused Sanusi Lamido, the Emir of Kano of playing a role that led to the hostage of the girl and asked that the emir should be held accountable for the abduction.

The alleged abduction of Miss Ese Oruru, from Bayelsa State and taking to Kano state for the purpose of converting her to Muslim has dominated the media and has generated reactions from Nigerians. 

For instance, Femi Fani Kayode had accused Sanusi Lamido, the Emir of Kano of playing a role that led to the hostage of the girl and asked that the emir should be held accountable for the abduction.

Having followed the conversations surrounding Ese it is important to state the facts and to allow for sufficient knowledge of what transpired. 

Ayesha Imam, a leader of Women’s Rights for Muslim Women in Nigeria drew the attention of Mr. Sanusi, the Emir of Kano to the incident, recounting what has happened in attempts to free Ese and asked that efforts be made to free the girl as quickly as possible.

Lamido Sanusi in his email response dated 20th Feb 2016, said the sharia commission and the district case met him in connection to Ese who had been taken to Kano by a man and was converted to Islam. When Mr. Sanusi, sort to know the age of the girl, she was told the girl is 14 years old.

A girl under 18 cannot decide to leave home without the consent of her parents or legal guardians. Also that if she wanted to be a Muslim she can be a Muslim without leaving her parents or wait until she is of age and decide where she wants to leave. Mr. Sanusi said in his email response to Ayesha Imam.

Mr. Sanusi further directed that the case is reported to the AIG of police so he can contact his colleagues in charge of Bayelsa for further investigation and proper action. Mr. Sanusi ordered that the safe return of Ese to her parents without any harm done to her.

The Emir’s court ruled that Ese is returned back to her parents, Mr. Sanusi urged anybody interested in the matter can go to the Emir palace and check the ruling of the Emir’s court on the issue or ask the police AIG in Kano to confirm the emir’s ruling on the matter.

If Ese was 18 I would have interviewed her directly Sanusi said. He expressed shock that the Ese has not returned to her parents despite the Emir Court ruling she should be taken back to her parents.

Miss Ese Oruru, from Bayelsa State, was allegedly abducted in August 2015 and taken to Kano State and was converted into Muslim forcefully.

It is true that Mrs. Rose Oruru, Ese mother was in Kano to secure the release of her daughter. She met with Tufa, the village head in Kura Local Government Area on the 15th of August, 2015 to help her facilitate the release of her daughter, the village head told her, Ese was in the custody of Mr. Sanusi, the Emir of Kano.

Mrs. Rose Oruru together with Rabiu went to the palace in search of Ese and were pushed out of the palace by the guards and were denied audience with Mr. Sanusi.

It important for the Emir to investigate those behind the Ese Saga and make sure everybody found culpable be punished. 

The Emir should fundamentally investigate why his instruction on the release of Ese to her parents was not carried out. 

Also, the guards who denied Ese mother audience to Sanusi whose order were they acting on.

Having passed difficulties to secure the release of Ese, the mother could conclude that Emir could have aided the abduction of her daughter. 

However, the Emir needs to investigate those who conspired to dent his image and clear his name and the throne he occupies as quickly as possible.

Audu Liberty Oseni


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