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Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini
Usman have been accused of
marrying off, 14-year-old
Habiba Isiyaku to her
kidnapper, The Nation reports.
According to her father, Mal.
Isiyaku Tanko, she was
kidnapped from school,
Government Senior Secondary
School, Kudun Kankara,
Kastina State, on the 16th of
August 2016, by one Jamilu
Lawal, and has been forcefully
converted to Islam and
married off by the Emir.
Tanko who was made to
present his case by the
Stefanos Foundation at a press
conference in Abuja, stated
that Jamilu had not only
admitted to abducting his
daughter, but also revealed
that she is presently being
kept at the Palace of the Emir
of Katsina.
He added that the Emir had
informed him that his daughter
had been converted to Islam
and he had received the sum
of N50,000 as dowry from
Jamilu, he also said the Emir
had informed him that he will
marry Habiba off to Jamilu in
accordance with islamic rites
and injunctions.
His words, “The Emir informed
me that my daughter has been
converted to Islam, henceforth,
there is no longer any
relationship between me and
her and we can no longer
inherit each other, as he is
now her father.
He accused me of defaming
him at the Police Station and I
was threatened, intimidated
and coerced to sign an
apology drafted on my behalf
in his Palace. 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 me. I further
appeal that the Incident be
well investigated and diligently
prosecuted.”
Programme Coordinator for
Stafanos Foundation, Mark
Lipdo, said: “Habiba is a girl
that just completed her Junior
Secondary school and had very
good grades, she had so much
prospects only to be abducted.
We followed with the
Commissioner of Police to try
to get the girl, we took a
lawyer with us to demand for
their rights but the rights
where denied, we petitioned
the IG of Police, but till date,
he is yet to respond.”

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