Her mother, Rose, said, “Towards the end of July, a man traced us from the court to the Police Officers’ Mess in Yenagoa. We later overheard him talking in Hausa language to someone on the telephone that he had located the place where Ese and her baby were staying.
He said that they don’t want the baby to grow up with ‘these people,’ meaning us. My daughter ran to us when she heard that. I later sent my son to buy sachet water and he told us when he returned that he also saw the same man standing outside.
I later saw this same man walking back and forth outside the officers’ mess, and he was still talking on the phone. His movements were suspicious. Since then, we have been living in fear.”
Rose added that the same man was with Ese’s alleged abductor, in the court premises during one of the proceedings, wearing a red cap. She also said one of her children was assaulted recently while on a commercial motorcycle by some unknown persons.
The Orurus said they reported the separate incidents to the Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, who then ordered that the security around the Officer’s Mess be beefed up. The number of police officers guarding the premises has since reduced, the family said.
“This is why I am even more afraid now,” Rose said. “With this incident, I am afraid anything can happen, and I don’t want any of my daughters to be kidnapped again,” Ese’s father, Charles, said.