- Bashir Ahmed, a presidential aide has been heavily criticised for his comments in the Ese Oruru's case
- The presidential aide had promised to influence the court judgment which sentenced Oruru's abductor, Yunusa, to 26 years imprisonment
- Ahmed has, however, apologised for his controversial comments
Bashir Ahmed, the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, has been heavily criticised by Nigerians for reportedly promising to influence the conviction of a child abductor, Yunusa Dahiru Yellow.
Yunusa was recently sentenced to 26 years imprisonment for child trafficking and exploitation of Ese Oruru.
Oruru was reportedly abducted by Dahiru in Bayelsa in 2015 as a 13-year-old before being taken to Kano state where she was allegedly forcefully married by the convict.
A Twitter user, Hammad Yusuf Saleh, had asked Ahmed to intervene in upturning the conviction by the court which he says was manipulated.
"Please Bashir, do something about Yunusa Yellow for Allah's sake, he is wrongly accused and sentenced, the whole matter is manipulated, we need to appeal for him," the user's tweet read.
Ahmed who responded in Hausa (translated in English) said: "I do not have the power to do anything against the judgment of the court, but I will try to contact those whom I think are capable."
Below is a screengrab of the conversation:
The presidential aide has since apologised for his comments, saying he did so without understanding the details of the case.
However, his apology has not stopped the barrage of criticism trailing his earlier comments on the case:
Despite his apologies some Nigerians have continued to reac
Legit.ng had reported that the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, has finally brought justice the way of Ese Oruru, a teenager who was kidnapped and forced into early marriage by her abductor, Yinusa Dahiru.
Delivering the verdict on behalf of the court, the presiding judge, Justice Jane Inyang, sentenced Dahiru to 26 years in prison, The Nation reports
Although Justice Jane jailed Dahiru five years on count two, seven years on count three, seven years on count four, seven years on count five, the judge acquitted him of count one.
The court also ruled that the sentences are expected to run concurrently.
Legit.ng had reported that three years after she was rescued from her alleged kidnap from Bayelsa to Kano state where she was said to have been married off to Dahiru, Ese had completed her secondary school education. Ese's child who was also born as a result of the incident is turning three.
It was also gathered that Ese who was allegedly abducted at 13 was relocated to her hometown in Uwheru community in Ughelli of Delta state by her parents who were doing business in Bayelsa state.
Sources close to the Oruru's family said Ese who was five months pregnant as at the time of her rescue gave birth to a baby girl in 2016.
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