Justice Aliya Ngajiwa of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has granted the request to take Ese Oruru’s evidence in private. Oruru, who is 14 years was allegedly abducted and impregnated by Yunusa Dahiru, in a case that captured the attention of the nation and the international world.
Justice Nganjiwa citing Section 36 subsections 4 (a) and (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, ruled “The evidence of Miss Ese Oruru would be taken by the court in private and in chambers excluding all persons other than the prosecution, the accused’s counsel, court clerks and prison officials and any other persons if the accused person does not object.”
“The defence counsel failed to show what injury or harm the accused person would suffer on account of private hearing for the victim, Miss Ese Oruru.” The judge believes the accused has nothing to loose if the evidence is presented in private. “What will the accused suffer if the victim‘s evidence is taken in private? I hereby order that the evidence should be taken in private and in the court chambers. The application hereby succeeds.’’