The alleged abductor of a 14-year-old Bayelsa girl, Ese Oruru, Yunusa Dauda (aka Yellow) may spend the rest of his life in prison if the courts upheld the charges preferred against him.
If convicted, the accused person would also pay up to N1,720,000 in fines.
The accused is said to have eloped with his teen lover in August last year, to his native Kura local government in Kano state, and converted her to Islam in an attempt to marry her. Both Yunusa’s father and traditional authorities in Kano advised him against eloping with the teen girl.
Yunusa ‘Yellow’, 22, was arraigned earlier today by the police in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, on charges of deception, coercion, abduction and rape.
Four of the five charges were hinged on the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, gazetted last year, which provides for stiff punishment on human trafficking and child abuse.
The fist count charged, made under Section 27 (a) of the Trafficking in Persons Act bordered on conspiracy and linked Yunusa “Yellow” with two conspirators in the abduction saga. The two, Dankano Mohammed and Mallam Alhassan are at large, according to the charge sheet.
The second charge of abduction, coercion, transporting and harbouring of Ms Oruru, which contravenes Section 13 of the Act is punishable “on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years and a fine of not less than N250,000 fine”.
Count 3, which centres on seduction of a minor into sexual intercourse in contravention of Section 15 (a) of the Trafficking in Persons Act, is punishable, under subsection ‘b’ of the same section with five years imprisonment and a fine of N500,000.
Yunusa ‘Yellow’ is also being charged under Section 16 (1) of the Trafficking in Persons Act which criminalises recruitment of a person under the age of 18 for sexual intercourse. This section provides for “imprisonment for a term of not less than 7 years and a fine of not less than N1,000,000.00”.
The fifth charge, which is under the Criminal Code Act borders on “unlawful carnal knowledge” of Miss Oruru which contravenes Section 357 of the Act and Section 358 of the Act provides that “Any person who commits the offence of rape is liable to imprisonment for life, with or without caning.”
When Yususa ‘Yellow’ was docked on the charges Tuesday morning, he denied all the charges and the court adjoined to Monday to consider his bail application.