The Kano State Government has dissociated itself from the reported abduction, forced marriage and conversion to Islam of one Ese Oruru from Bayelsa State since August 2015.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports, Malam Muhammed Garba, who condemned the whole episode, decried security agencies’ poor handling of the matter.
It added that although the state government was not aware of the incident, the directive of Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, for the release of the girl should have been acted on.
It, therefore, ordered that the abductor be brought to book since the Constitution and Islamic teaching abhor abduction and forced marriage.
The statement further condemned any statement by anyone or group linking the government with the matter in the social media, adding that the act was meant to tarnish the image of the state.
It stressed that the abductor was responsible for his action and should solely take responsibility for it, noting that the state has cordial relation with Bayelsa State indigenes and the state.
The government enjoined indigenes of Kano State living in other parts of the country to live peacefully with their host communities and respect their ways of life.
NAN recalls that 14-year old Oruru was reportedly abducted and brought to Kano by one Yunusa Yellow, who converted her to Islam since August 2015 without the consent of her parents.