Ese: We sell food in Bayelsa; so they, Yellow and his other people, used to come and buy food from us.
Ese: He came to Bayelsa to look for money.
Ese: No, he is not my boyfriend. Like I told you, we sell food in Bayelsa, and so, he used to come and buy food from us. He is not the only one; they are many and I used to play with all of them like my own brothers because they buy food from us. I sell food to them just like that.
Ese: I don’t know.
Ese: No. We didn’t go with his Keke (tricycle). His keke, is at home.
Ese: I just followed him. I don’t know how I followed him.
Ese: I know that we used to play with all of them, our customers that come to buy food from our shop. There is nobody that is different. I sell food to all of them and I laugh with all of them.
Ese: I saw that the place was different and the people there are people that I didn’t know. So, I knew it was his place because I did not know anybody there, but only him. We went to their house first.
Ese: I did not do anything.
Ese: I did not tell him anything.
Ese: We travelled to Kura the next day with one man like that. He is the chief of the town. When we got there, they took me to one place and there they gave me hijab; they put it on me. And after that, they took me to one house in Kura. And from there on Monday, in the morning, we went back to the Emir’s Palace in Kano; then in the afternoon, we travelled back to Kura, to stay in the house.
Ese: At the Emir’s Palace, they were asking him questions. They did not talk to me. They did not ask me anything, but they were asking him. Then they were speaking in Hausa language and I did not understand the language very well that time; so I didn’t understand what they were saying.
Ese: Yes. I saw her, but I was not able to talk to her. I was just looking at her and she was crying. I just looked at her. I did not know her and I did not talk to her.
Ese: I don’t know. I looked at her and she was crying.
Ese: No, I did not get married to anybody.
Ese: They took me to one place. Before they took me from the house to Kura, they put me in hijab, then we went to Kura. When we got there, they went to one place, and one old man came there and he would say something and they would say I should repeat. Then I would repeat. If the man said something again, they would say I should repeat and I would repeat just like that.
Ese: I did not get married to anybody.
Ese: I don’t know.
Ese: No, I don’t know. But they did not give me because I don’t like taking injections and I will not take injection when I am sick. It was only when they arrested me on Monday in Kano that they took me to the hospital. And when we got here in Abuja, they took me to the hospital again yesterday, Tuesday. Those are the only two occasions that I have gone to the hospital.
Ese: Medicine? I don’t know. But if they put it in water or food… They used to give me something, but I don’t know if it is water they used to prepare it. But if I am not well, they would buy medicine for me and I would take. But it was not those types of native medicine. It was from the pharmacy.
Ese: Yes, I am happy to go back to my family.
Ese: I don’t know how I feel, but I just look calm. I don’t know what to do.
Ese: I don’t know, but I have caused my mother a lot of trouble and put her into problem.
Ese:I tell you I’m confused. I don’t know what to do (then she started crying).
Ese: Yes. I did not do anything.
Ese: Yes. I can speak Hausa very, very well.
Ese: No. It is because the people there speak only Hausa. They don’t understand English. And when they spoke, I didn’t understand; so I tried and struggled so I could understand what they were saying and communicate with them. That was how I learnt the language.
Ese: I answered it like that.
Ese: I don’t even know. I have a feeling that they would do something to me for this thing that has happened.
Ese: I don’t know if my mother will beat me when we get home for what has happened because she may think that I know everything that happened to me.
(Then the mother assured her that she would do no such thing, saying she was filled with gladness for seeing her alive).
Ese: I am 14 years old.
Ese: I was born in February 2002.
Ese: I hope to go back to school and become a nurse in the future.
Ese: (Smiles) Yes.
Ese: Yes, I am in the SU, but they took it to the senior students and the senior students started misbehaving. So, we in the junior class took our own to a different level to sanitise the whole thing. We hold our fellowship in our class and go out for evangelism.
Ese: They should be careful.
Ese: They should be careful with the people they play with or talk with, because it’s not everybody that is good.
Ese: I don’t know what to do. I am confused. I don’t know what really happened to me and I don’t even know where I am. But I know that she is my mother.
Ese: I missed my mother’s cooking. She used to cook sweet food for me; so I missed good food.
Ese: Yes, I was only eating rice and bread.
Ese: Banga soup and starch.