The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase to prosecute the abductor of the 14-year-old Ese Oruru from Bayelsa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ese was abducted in 2015 by one Yunusa, aged 18, and took her to Kano for marriage.
The IYC in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Mr Eric Omare on Tuesday applauded the media for advocating for the release of Ese.
“The IYC, therefore, insist that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, must bring those who masterminded the kidnap of Miss Ese Oruru to justice in line with the Anti-kidnapping law of Bayelsa.
“This should include collaborators in the palace of the Emir of Kano.
“This is the only way we can put a stop to such criminal conduct, especially considering the worrying activities of herdsmen in different parts of the country.
“We commend the role of the Nigerian media in rescuing Ese Oruru from the hands of her abductors.
“The role the media played has once again demonstrated to the world the crucial role of the media in our nation’s development.
“The IYC notes the historical role of the Nigerian media in the fight against military dictatorship and we call on the media to continue to play its role as the fourth estate of the realm and the conscience of the Nigerian society,’’ Omare stated.
The IYC, however, decried the response of the police to the kidnap of Ese.
It said that if police were up to their duty, the girl would have been released long ago as her parents reported the incident promptly.