By Samuel Oyadongha & Emem Idio,
Yenagoa – As Bayelsans await the return of Ese Oruru, the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri has urged members of the State House of Assembly to protect children of the state, including the abducted Miss Ese Oruru from violence and molestation with the passage into law of the Child Rights Bill before them.
Also, Mrs Arise Douye, Ese’s class teacher described her as a brilliant student and that her abduction prevented her from writing the Junior Secondary School West African Examination Council examination.
Justice Kate Abiri, Wednesday in Yenagoa during the Bayelsa Assembly Public Hearing on Child Rights Bill, expressed concern over the non-passage of the Child Rights Bill into law, describing the non passage of the Bill as making children vulnerable to attacks and molestations.
Justice Abiri also called on the State Assembly to ensure that the language used in the law are simple and easy to understand by the people, “the simpler the language of the law, the better for the people.”
Abiri however called the attention of the State Legislators and other stakeholders to the existence of some limitations in the Nigerian laws that limit prosecutions of those that violate the children,” take the case of defilement laws in the criminal code. If you do not prosecute the culprit in two months, the case will be discharged.”
More so, Mrs Arise Douye, a mother three and Ese class teacher noted with sadness the plight of the Oruru’s family describing her as a brilliant student.
Douye who is JSS III teacher said: “Ese was a brilliant student, I got to know about her brilliancy when I compiled their results. When she was abducted, initially, I did not know because during the junior WAEC, we were expecting to see her, but she did not write and we started asking questions amongst ourselves.
“But nobody seems to know anything about her, of the truth, I didn’t know her parents and there was nowhere to contact her parents, not until three weeks ago the father came to the school to get her data, and introduced himself as Ese’s father and said that she has been abducted and the police asked him to bring evidence of the girl. I now checked my register and saw her name there. It was then at the principal office that we saw the day of her admission and age. It was then we discover that she was born on the 22nd of February, 2002.
“She is a very humble girl; her case has never come to the staff room unlike some students. She has never been flogged and I have never raised a cane to flog her sine I know her and to the best of my knowledge no teacher has flogged her. We have some good students that know why they are here, they are always in class to learn, the same as Ese and her friends, they are always reading their books when the teacher is not in class. We know the students because we teach them and compiled their results. She is this jovial type, she doesn’t fight or quarrel. I am not saying this because of what has happen, I know her well. If it were to be a rough child I will say it and society will not hold me responsible. But I am saying this because I know Ese.”