Katsina Emirate Council declares that Emir’s marriage to 14-year-old is not reversible

Yesterday, the Katsina Emirate Council declared that the marriage between 14-year-old girl, Habiba Isa (pictured), and the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin Usman, was irreversible, because the marriage and Isa’s conversion to Islam were voluntarily and willingly entered into by the girl, Punchng reports.
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The council told officials of the Katsina State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, who visited Usman in his palace over the issue, that there was no evidence that Habiba was forced to act against her wish.
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The family of Isiyaku Tanko, on Wednesday, alleged that Usman forcefully abducted Habiba and forced her into marrying him. She was said to have been abducted on August 16, 2016, by one Jamilu Lawal, an aide of the emir. She was converted to Islam.
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Habiba is expected to clock 15 years on Saturday, October 15, 2016, and would have resumed school for the new academic term, to start Senior Secondary School, but for her abduction.
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The incident was blown open when her father lodged a complaint with Stefanos Foundation, an NGO. Habiba was allowed to appear before CAN officials and others in the palace on Thursday, and was asked three questions by the Kaora Katsina, Alhaji Nuhu Abdulkadir.
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She was asked whether she was forcefully converted to Islam and whether anyone forced her into the marriage, to which she answered no. On whether by the time she met her husband, she was already experiencing menstrual period, she answered yes.
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The Kaora Katsina said, “The questions are in line with the dictates of the Islam. Since she has voluntarily answered the three questions in our presence, there is no going back on her marriage.”
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A letter purportedly written by Isa’s father was read to the gathering, apologising to the emirate council for any embarrassment the issue might have caused it. The CAN Chairman for Katsina State, Very Rev. Nelson Ugochukwu, however, told the emirate council that Isa’s marriage did not have the consent of her parents, who he said, were crying for justice in Abuja.

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Picture of the 14-year-old Habiba Isiyaku, before she was married by the Emir of Katsina .

 

On the 16th August, 2016 one Habiba Isiyaku was allegedly abducted from her school, Government Senior Secondary School, Kudun Kankara LGA of Katsina State by one Jamilu Lawal, an aide to the emir of Katsina, HRH. Alhaji Abdulmummuni Kabir Usman.
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She was later converted to Islam and the emir married her, saying the decision is irreversible (read previous post). Pictured above is Habiba, before her alleged abduction. Also pictured are her parents and the emir. She will be 15 years tomorrow and meant to resume for her secondary school education, before the incident. Her parents are still crying for justice. ™l

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