By Abdulsalam Muhammad, & Hauwa Isiaka
This certainly is not the best of times for Dahiru Bala’s family, whose son, Yunusa, aka Yellow, allegedly abducted Bayelsa girl Ese Oruru, converted her to Islam and forcibly married her.The controversial abduction may have compelled the family to relax its Sharia compliant lifestyle when it let Sunday Vanguard team into its mud house located at Kauyen Tofa, to feel the pulse of Yunusa’s mother.
Though the encounter was snappy, the woman, who identified herself as Maimuna, opened a chapter in the Yunusa/Ese affair.
The 44-years-old housewife was bewildered by the attention accorded what she termed a “private life of two individuals” in love.
Maimuna said: “All of a sudden, my house has become a Mecca of sorts, and while I continue to wonder the intrusion into our private lives, the more I am confused about the unnecessary spotlight”.
Letting Sunday Vanguard into what she knew about the crisis, the mother revealed that the Dahitu and Ese Oruru families were no stranger to each other.
Her words: “My boy has been with them for 10 years, and when we heard of a love relationship between Yunusa and Ese, my husband did the needful to arrest the situation.
”We may be poor and uneducated, but the fact remains that we run our lives based on the dictates of our religion, and we don’t need anyone to lecture us on the illegality of Yunusa’s action”.
The encounter with the embattled mother was punctured by sobs from Maimuna who expressed confidence that her son would overcome the trial.”I don’t doubt the fact that Yunusa is passing through a difficult phase in his life which I know is a fulfillment of destiny and it is therefore our duty to identify with him and pray to Allah to see him through”.
Meanwhile, as Yunusa’s mother narrated her story, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 1 told Sunday Vanguard that the alleged abductor’s action was criminality in the eye of the law.The AIG, Shu’aibu Lawal Gambo, said: “We have at our disposal an established case of abduction and the law would treat it the way it is”.