OUTRAGEOUS! Family forces a 17-year-old widow into arranged marriage

A widow, Ramatu Kabir, has dragged her uncle, Wada Dan-Fulani, to the Shari’a Court II sitting at Magajin Gari, Kaduna, for forcing her to marry one, Yahaya Alhaji.

The complainant, who resides at Hayin Dan-Bushiya, said through her counsel, Nasir Abdullahi, that she was too mature to be forced into marriage, praying the court to dissolve the union.



“My client lost her first husband 17 years ago, in which she has a daughter who is a teenager now. She was only informed about Yahaya after the marriage,” he said.

Abdullahi stated that it was wrong in Islam for a father or uncle to force a woman who was once married or had never been married into marriage without her consent.



The defendant, who was represented by his counsel, Shuaibu Lawal, prayed the court to give them time to prepare their defence.

The judge, Malam Musa Sa’ad-Goma, after listening to both parties, adjourned the case until February 4 for hearing.

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