Just as the issue of 14-year-old Ese Oruru who was taken away from Bayelsa State and married off in Kano by her lover Yinusa Yellow without her parents’ consent is dying down, there comes another typically similar scenario and brewing scandal involving the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Usman.
Emir Abdulmumini Usman has been alleged to have consented and supported the marrying off a 14-year-old girl at Government Senior Secondary School, Kudun Kankara, Katsina State by one Jamilu Lawal.
According to the girl’s father, Isiyaku Tanko, who is pleading for justice to be carried out:
”My little girl was abducted on the 16th of August 2016 from her school. After my investigations, I discovered that Jamilu Lawal who lives in the same community was responsible for my daughters’ disappearance.
”I requested that a formal complaint about the incident be lodged to the Commissioner of Police in Kastina, Jamilu and his parents were summoned to the police station and he not only admitted to abducting my daughter Habiba but also revealed that she was presently being kept at the Palace of the Emir of Kastina.
”On arrival at the Palace, the Emir informed me that my daughter has been converted from Christianity to Islam henceforth, there is no longer any relationship between me and my daughter and we can no longer inherit each other. He further informed me that he has received the sum if N50, 000.00 as dowry from Jamilu Ibrahim for my daughter therefore, he will give her out in marriage in accordance with Islamic rites and injunctions.
“As at today, I am aware that the Emir of Kastina has gone ahead to marry out my little girl without my consent, having received a dowry he is not entitled to receive, it fills me with so much pain and grief to realize that my daughter, who will turn 15 this Saturday the 15th may be celebrating her birthday in a forced marriage.
“I appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians and those in authority to help join hands to see that my daughter is released to me though the violations already done to her person may be irreversible. I further appeal that the Incident be well investigated and diligently prosecuted.”