The Kano State Government has distanced itself from the abduction, forced marriage and conversion to Islam of a teenage girl, Ese Oruru, since Aug. 2015.
Miss Oruru was taken from her native Bayelsa to Kano by Yunusa Yellow, a man who lived in Bayelsa and was her food vendor mother’s regular customer.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports, Muhammed Garba, condemned the episode, and 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 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.