I’ll use my powers to help free Ese – Alhassan #FreeEse

The Minister of Women Affairs, Jummai Alhassan, has called for the release of Ese Oruru, saying she will use her powers and influence as a minister and woman to secure her release.

In a series of tweets, said Ese’s case had brought to the fore the need to protect the rights of children and women in our society.

“We won’t relent. #FreeEse,” she added.

The minister, who said she only got to know about the case on Sunday, through reports published by SundayPUNCH, tweeted that she had been “in touch with the police authorities in Kano over Ese’s immediate release to her parents and we are making progess.”

According to her Ese is still a child under Nigerian laws, and her right to freedom of movement is subject to parental control. Consequently, she said the Ministry of Women Affairs would prosecute anyone found to have contravened the law.

“No culture, religion or personal conviction supersedes the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ese Oruru must return home. #FreeEse,” she said.

“Our laws are very clear on the case; Ese Oruru is 14 and as such cannot consent to marriage. Any such union she’s in is illegal. #FreeEse.”

The case of Ese Oruru as reported by Punch newspapers was brought to my attention yesterday and I have been looking into it since. #FreeEse

— Sen Jummai Alhassan (@JummaiAlhassan) February 29, 2016

Our laws are very clear on the case, Ese Oruru is 14 and as such cannot consent to marriage. Any such union she’s in is illegal. #FreeEse

— Sen Jummai Alhassan (@JummaiAlhassan) February 29, 2016

I have been in touch with the police authorities in Kano over Ese’s immediate release to her parents and we are making progess. #FreeEse

— Sen Jummai Alhassan (@JummaiAlhassan) February 29, 2016

I can assure you that I will use all my powers and influence as a Minister and woman to secure the release and return of Ese Oruru #FreeEse

— Sen Jummai Alhassan (@JummaiAlhassan) February 29, 2016

Ese is still a child under our laws, and her right to freedom of movement is subject to parental control. She must be returned. #FreeEse

— Sen Jummai Alhassan (@JummaiAlhassan) February 29, 2016

Child Rights Act says no person under 18 is capable of contracting a valid marriage, and a marriage so contracted is null and void #FreeEse

— Sen Jummai Alhassan (@JummaiAlhassan) February 29, 2016

The Act also clearly states that anyone who marries a child is liable to to a fine of N500,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both. #FreeEse

— Sen Jummai Alhassan (@JummaiAlhassan) February 29, 2016

No culture, religion or personal conviction supersedes the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ese Oruru must return home. #FreeEse

— Sen Jummai Alhassan (@JummaiAlhassan) February 29, 2016

My ministry is on this case and we will ensure full prosecution of anyone who is found to have contravened the law. #FreeEse

— Sen Jummai Alhassan (@JummaiAlhassan) February 29, 2016

Ese’s case has brought to the fore the need to protect the rights of children and women in our society and we wont relent #FreeEse

— Sen Jummai Alhassan (@JummaiAlhassan) February 29, 2016

Source:PUNCH

 

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