Recently, a federal court in Nigeria sentenced Yunusa Dahiru to 26 years in prison for abducting a Christian teenager in 2015, and forcing her into an Islamic marriage.
Additionally, her name was changed to ‘Aisha’, the name of one of the wives of Islam’s prophet Mohammad.
Her abduction gained media attention as her parents raised public awareness.
Months later, state police rescued Ese. It was revealed that she was five months pregnant with her daughter.
Ese’s family say they faced much harassment in their quest to have their daughter returned to them.
“I’m very happy and grateful because I see that all my suffering is not in vain,” Ese’s father said. “This case will serve as a deterrent to others. I thank God that truth has prevailed.”
Sources: The Christian Post, Christian Solidarity Worldwide
- Thank the Lord for the outcome and answered prayers for the family. Ask the Lord to intervene on behalf of the many captives in Nigeria.
- Pray for Ese’s future life and that of her daughter. May they grow in faith and knowledge of the Lord and find their confidence in Him.
- Pray for the perpetrators of such crimes in Nigeria. Ask the Holy Spirit to be at work in bringing conviction, repentance and transformed lives.