Court begins taking Ese Oruru’s evidence in private
Ese Oruru, yesterday began giving evidence in camera at the resumed hearing in the case between the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and her abductor, Yunusa Dahiru at the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
At the resumed trial, prosecution counsel James Amate, informed the court that Miss Oruru had successfully put to bed and is available to give her evidence. The trial judge, Justice Aliya Nganjiwa said the court will take her evidence after all cases of the day have been dispensed.
During yesterday’s hearing, journalists, as well as Ese’s parents, Rose and Charles Oruru, and many others who came to witness the case were barred from the court room as evidence was being taken from the minor in private.
Justice Ngajiwa had earlier yesterday morning “stood down” the case for about four hours to allow him conclude work on other matters for the day before acceding to the prosecution’s plea for the teenager’s evidence to be extracted in camera.
At about 4.pm, Ese, who was brought to the court and heavily shielded from the press, was still being grilled by lawyers to Yinusa Dahiru, his alleged abductor, who reportedly impregnated her.
Only lawyers representing Dahiru, who is facing a five-count charge in case No FHC/YNG/17c/2016, between the Inspector General of Police versus Yinusa Dahiru and the legal team representing the Federal Government were allowed inside the chambers.
Dahiru, a Kano indigene is being accused of abduction, inducing Miss Oruru, aged 14 years, by the use of deception and coercion, illicit intercourse, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge.
While the IGP was represented by Mr. Kenneth Dika, Deme Pamosoo and Joy Wokpe of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, a non-governmental organisation stood in for Ese.
The defendant, Dahiru, also known as yellow, was represented by Mr. Kayode Olaosebikan, Abdul Mohammed and Oyebiyi Towo.
It could be recalled that Justice Aliya Nganjiwa of a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State had on May 12 granted the request of the prosecution to take the evidence of Miss Ese Oruru in private.