A federal high court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, has sentenced one Yinusa Dahiru to 26 years imprisonment for among other crimes, kidnapping Ese Oruru, a teenager.
The police had in March 2016, arraigned Dahiru on a five-count charge bordering on abduction, kidnapping, unlawful carnal knowledge and sexual exploitation of Oruru, who was 14 years old at the time.
The conviction of the culprit is coming barely five years after the crime was committed in August, 2015.
The convict kidnapped the teenager from Bayelsa in August 2015 and took her to Kano state where she was forcefully converted to Islam and married off without the consent of her parents.
She was eventually reunited with her parents after six months. She gave birth to a baby in May 2016.
Delivering the judgment on Thursday, Jane Inyang, the judge found Dahiru guilty on four out of the five count charges preferred against him.
On count one, he was found not guilty; count two, he got a five-year sentence; on count three, he got seven years, and on count four, seven years.
The judge held that the sentences would run concurrently. This means the convict will only spend seven years in prison.