Ese Oruru: Judge’s Absence Stalls Trial

 Ese Oruru: Judge’s Absence Stalls Trial

The absence of Justice Aliya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Thursday stalled the ongoing trial of the Yunusa Dahiru, aka Yellow, who allegedly abducted and forcefully married 14-year-old Ese Oruru.
Dahiru is standing trial for criminal abduction, illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of Ese.
Ese was allegedly kidnapped by Dahiru from Yenagoa Bayelsa State in August 2015 and taken to Kano State where she was converted to Islam and married without the consent of her parents.
The 14-year-old girl on Thursday, last week, gave birth to a baby girl at the Bayelsa State Government House Clinic, Yenagoa.
Justice Nganjiwa adjourned the matter to June 2 for hearing on the substantive suit, after granting the prosecution’s request to take the evidence of Ese in camera.
But the court did not sit yesterday following reports that the trial judge was away for a meeting.
As early as 9am, journalists and rights activists thronged the premises of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, but were later told that the judge was absent.
Confirming the development, lead lawyer for the accused person, Kayode Olaosebikan, said he was not informed of the Judge’s absence.
He added that he was only informed of the development on his arrival at the court.
Olaosebekan said: “We are here in the court for the hearing but unfortunately, the presiding judge is absent and from what we have been told, he is out of the state to attend a meeting.
“According to the information before us, a new date on the matter will be fixed on Monday, June 6.”


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