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Child Marriage: Reps to investigate Emir of Katsina

19 October 2016, 19:00

Katsina - The House of Representatives has mandated two of its committees to investigate the alleged abduction and forceful marriage of 14-year old Habiba Isa by the Katsina Emirate according to OrderPaper.

The girl’s father, Isiyaku Tanko had disclosed to the media that his daughter was kidnapped from school in Kudun Kankara, Kastina state by one Jamilu Lawal.

He also said that she had been forcefully converted to Islam and married off by the Emir without her parents’ consent to her abductor.

Reacting to reports in the media, the House consequently called for the matter to be investigated.

Adopting a motion by Rep Raphael Nnanna Igbokwe (PDP, Imo) the House said section 21 of the Child’s Rights Act provides that “No person shall remove or take a child out of the custody or protection of his father or mother or guardian against the will of the father, mother or guardian.”

The lawmakers added that the alleged marriage was without the consent of her parents, who have been reported to be under threat and harassment over their request for the release of their daughter.

The Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir, had earlier denied the alleged abduction and forceful marriage of 17-year-old Habiba Isyaku according to News24.

Emir Kabir made the denial during a meeting with the Katsina branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday in Katsina.

The emir said it was the Commissioner of Police who sent the matter to the palace for resolution.

He said the girl embraced Islam on her own volition.

- News 24

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