Yunusa Dahiru, the Kano indigene accused of kidnapping a Bayelsa girl, Ese Oruru has been released on bail after six months in prison without fulfilling bail conditions.
A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagua, the capital of Bayelsa state granted him bail but due to the stringent conditions laid down by the court, Yunusa could not meet the conditions until Friday.
Speaking to Daily Trust in Kano Sunday, Yunusa, popularly known as Yellow, said: “I have learnt my lessons. This case has taught me a lot of lessons and shaped my life. I would be cautious on how to relate with others in my future life.
“Though I was sent to prison but Muslims brothers from the north under the auspices of Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN) are always helping me.
“I thanked everybody that directly or indirectly assisted me in this case. I am the happiest person today because I am reuniting with my family after spending six months in prison. Though the case is not over but I am confident the truth would prevail.”
Also speaking, the Chairman, Muslim Layers Association of Nigeria, Kano state chapter, Sheikh Mujiburrahman, commended the court for relaxing the bail conditions.
He said: “The conditions laid down by the court were stringent and could not be fulfilled. But our lawyers pleaded with the court, and it relaxed the conditions and even at that we could not meet the conditions without the support of our Christian brothers who volunteered and stand for Yunus.
“We could not meet the conditions because we could not produce a Bayelsa indigene traditional ruler that is residing in there and a state civil servant that is working in Bayelsa state to stand for Yellow. But fortunately a traditional ruler and a state civil servant of level 16 all indigenes of Bayelsa have voluntarily stood for Yellow now.”
On her part, Barrister Huwaila Muhammad Ibrahim, said, over 100 lawyers have volunteered to stand for Yunusa with Sheikh Alhaji Yunusa Usman (SAN) leading counsel.
She said: “I never thought of defending men’s right as an activist but from the narration of Ese, I realized that there is need for me to come in and protect his right. We have been following the case up till this moment and we will continue following it until justice is prevailed.”
Daily Trust reports that Yellow was accused of kidnapping Ese Charles Oruru from Bayelsa to Kano state sometimes in August last year with intention to marry her.
The two lovers were taken from Kano to Abuja on the directives of the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Mr. Aranse. They were later moved to Bayelsa state where Yunusa is currently facing trial at the Federal High Court.
The court has adjourned the case till September 13, 2016 for continuation.