On Sunday, February 28th, Punch newspaper broke the news that a young girl by the name Ese Oruru had been kidnapped for eight months.
Today, Fourteen-year-old Ese Oruru is now in the custody of the Federal Government, eight months after she was abducted from Bayelsa State by one Yinusa.
Yinusa a longstanding customer of Ese’s mother, Mrs. Rose Oruru, had taken the girl to Kano, had her converted to Islam and forcefully married her.
Ese’s release followed the launch on Sunday of the “Free Ese” Campaign by PUNCH, which was embraced by Nigerians from across the country and beyond.
The success of the campaign and Ese’s release is down to the efforts by Nigerians who overcame the shock and anger the sordid story caused, demanded her release and spurred the relevant authorities into action.
The release of the teen from her captor’s grip just a day after the campaign highlighted the determination of Nigerians who got to know about the shocking incident only on Sunday.
However, details of the FG’s plan to return the teen home and for the prosecution of those that violated the country’s laws are still being expected.