The Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, has sentenced Yinusa Dahiru to 26 years in prison after finding him guilty of trafficking a minor, Ese Oruru.
The court presided over by Justice Jane Inyang acquitted Dahiru on Count one but jailed him five years (count two), seven years (count three) seven years (count four) and seven years, count five. The sentences, according to the judge would run concurrently.
Yinusa Dahiru had reportedly abducted the teenager (Ese Oruru) five years ago. Dahiru took Ese from her home in Bayelsa on August 12, 2015, to Kano where she was married to him and her name changed to Aisha, having been converted to Islam.
She was rescued by the Police and she was returned to Bayelsa in March 2016, pregnant with her abductor’s child. On May 26, 2016, Ese was delivered of a baby girl.
Dahiru was later charged with child trafficking, child abuse, rape, kidnap, infringement on the right to religion, and holding a person against her will. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.