The Christian Rights Agenda (CRA) has reacted to the judgment of a Federal High Court in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State, over the case of Ese Oruru, who was abducted, converted to Islam and impregnated by one Yunusa Dahiru in Kano in 2015.
The CRA in a statement made available to DAILY POST by its interim Director of Publicity, Mr. Tom Chiahemen on Saturday, said it received the court’s judgment with happiness.
The CRA said it was heart-warming to know that at last, judgment has come the way of Ese Oruru.
The statement reads ” We commend the Federal Court in Bayelsa presided over by Justice Jane Inyang for the conviction and sentencing of Yunusa to 26 years for his criminal actions against Ese Oruru.
”It is heart-warming to know that at last, judgment has come the way of Ese Oruru because it was still worrisome that the issue of forced conversion of Christian women and marrying them off to Muslims was becoming alarming in most Northern States, with the governments in those States not only turning a blind spot to the plight of the victims including married women but even being complicit in the heinous crime.
”We applaud members of the Civil Society groups who despite all odds, stood to ensure that justice prevail 5 years after the incident.
”We hereby call on other CSO operating in the North to emulate their counterparts in Bayelsa to rise up to the task of seeking justice for the many young Christian girls that are still in the hands of their captors.
”We reiterate our call on Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who had weeks ago converted teenage Christian girls to Islam but claimed he did it under his foundation and not in his capacity as governor of Kano State.
”We demand that Ganduje with immediate effect return Rebecca and all Christian girls to their parents.”
The CRA further gave instances where Christian girls were being abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, calling on the Kastina State Government to follow suit and release them from their captors.
”The case of Mrs. Regina Suleman, a married woman and mother of 2, who hails from Mararaaban Kanya, in Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State, where traditional rulers and clerics in that area reportedly abducted and nullified her Christian marriage, forcefully converted her to Islams and eventually married her off to a Muslim man should stand as another example.
“Also, in Malamawa, Malumfashi Local Government Area, three more girls from the same family were abducted and subjected to the same evil practices.
”We call on the Katsina State Government to without further delay ensure the release of Amina Mai Nasara, Halima Mai Nasara , and Ummi Dan’malam all in Malamawa, Malumfashi Local Government Area and also Regina Suleman in Marabar Kanya, Kafur Local Government Area who are still in custody of their captors,” CRA added.Source: