Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Kastina Police Orders Married 14-Year-Old Girl To Go Back To Her Family

14-year-old Habiba, who got married to a palace aide of Emir of Kastina, has been ordered by the Kastina State Police Command to return home as she’s too young to make decisions for herself.

According to Punchng, the directive came from the State’s Commissioner of Police,  Usman Abdullahi, after he received a petition about the issue in September and invited Lawal, the alleged abductor.

The command also disclosed that Habiba’s abductor, Lawal, who allegedly converted her to Islam forcefully, was released on bail, as there was no criminal charges against him.

Abdullahi said: “It was gathered that the girl was neither “kidnapped, abducted nor procured,” as she was the one who willingly left her parents’ house to the house of the Chairman of Hisbah, who took her to their village head and later to the district head of Kankara, where she explained that she had converted to Islam.

“This was contained in the statement she gave willingly to the police. The police boss said the command also invited Isa’s father, Isyaku Tanko; his two brothers, their lawyer, state and local government chairmen of the Christian Association of Nigeria, as well as the association’s officials from the Kankara LGA, to a meeting.

“Also present at the meeting, according to the commissioner, are Lawal, his father, the representatives of the Emir of Katsina and some senior police officers. The CP said, “At the meeting, Isa, in addition to the written statement, said she decided on her own to leave her parents’ house for Kankara town, where she converted to Islam, without the influence of Lawal. In view of the foregoing, I want to advise the girl to go back to her parents.”

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