Eight months after she was rescued and reunited with her loved ones, the family of 14-year-old Ese Oruru have finalised plans to return the teenager back to school.
The teenager is expected to resume her education as a first-year Senior Secondary School pupil in Delta State.
Ese was a 13-year-old JSS3 pupil of Central Epie Secondary School, Opolo, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, when she was allegedly abducted by Yunusa Dahiru, aka Yellow, on August 12, 2015, from her mother’s food stall in Opolo area of Bayelsa State and taken to Kano.
Her parents had said their teenage daughter had been forced to convert to Islam, and forced into child marriage without their consent.
The parents of the teenager told SUNDAY PUNCH they were happy that their daughter was finally going back to school, and that she was eager to move on with her life and education.
“She was excited when we informed her about it. She said she was so happy that she can now finally continue her education,” her mother, Rose Oruru, told our correspondent.
Since her release from her alleged abductor in early March, the teenager, who hails from Delta State, had been in protective custody of the Bayelsa State Police command.
She was accommodated at the Officers Mess in Yenagoa, the state capital, until recently, when the parents secured the approval of the command to move her to another secure location.
Before her relocation from the Officers Mess, the teenager had reportedly told her parents and siblings a few months ago that she had felt trapped there despite being in protective custody of the police because she had not been able to resume schooling like her mates.
SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that Ese, who is now a mother of a five-month-old baby girl, has been coping well with life as a teenage mother with the help of her family. In May, the teenager gave birth to a baby girl at the Government Hospital, Yenagoa.
The Executive Director, Kindling Hope Across Nations Initiative, Mr. Kizito Andah, said Ese’s further education should be a priority for both the Bayelsa and Delta state governments, as well as the Federal Government.