Court in Bayelsa sentence man to 26 years imprisonment for child trafficking

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The Federal High Court in Yenagoa, has sentenced Yinusa Dahiru to 26 years in prison after finding him guilty of child trafficking and other charges.

This comes about 5 years after the matter was reported with the court sentencing Dahiru for trafficking a minor, Ese Oruru.


Ese Oruru was taken from her home in Bayelsa on August 12, 2015 by Dahiru to Kano where she was married to him and her name changed to Aisha, having been converted to Islam.


After months of outcry from her parents and human rights activists as well as investigations by the police, she was returned to Bayelsa in March 2016, pregnant with a child.


On May 26, 2016, ESE was delivered of a baby girl while Dahiru was later charged with child trafficking, child abuse, rape, kidnap, infringement on the right to religion, and holding a person against her will.


However; the trial judge, Justice Jane Inyang held that Dahiru was not guilty of count one which bothered on abduction but found him guilty of child trafficking, illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge.

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