Lover boy Yunusa, who eloped with 13-year old Ese (now 14) from Bayelsa to Kano State has been remanded in prison custody till March 13, when the case will come up again.
This is after the police, on Tuesday, arraigned him before the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, amid tight security.
A five-count charge of criminal abduction, Illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge, were slammed on him.
The charge sheet, in a suit number FHC/YNG/17c/2016, stated: “That Yunusa Dahiru a male resident in Opolo-Epie area of Yenagoa in Bayelsa State conspired with the duo of Dankano Mohammed and Mallam AlHassan between August 2015 and Febuary, 2016 to commit an offence of abduction and thereby committed offence punishable under section 27(a) of the Trafficking in persons (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
“That Yunusa Dahiru abducted Ese Oruru by means of coercion, transported and harboured her in Kano State and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 13(2)(b) of the Trafficking in Persons prohibition Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
“That you Yunusa Dahiru induced Ese Oruru by the use of deception and coercion to go with you from Yenagoa to Kano State with intent that she be forced or seduced into illicit intercourse and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 15(a) of the Trafficking in persons (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015
“That you Yunusa Dahiru procured Ese Oruru and subjected her into sexual exploitation in Kano State and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 16(1) of the Trafficking in Persons (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
“That you Yinusa Dahiru had unlawful carnal knowledge of Ese Oruru without her consent and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 357 of the criminal code Act and punishable under section 358 of the Criminal code ACT, Cap.C.38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
After listening to the police prosecutor and the lawyer to the accused, Kayode Olaosebikan, the Judge adjourned the matter to March 14 and ordered that Yunusa be remanded in prison custody till the adjourned date to hear a bail application filed by the accused lawyer.
After the court session, Yunusa’s lawyer, Olaosebikan, described the case as that of two love birds who decided to elope.
“We see the case as that of two love birds. We call it elopatic. It is case of Yunusa, an 18 years old boy in love with a 14 years old girl and they agreed to elope”, he said.