The Katsina state Emirate Council has said that the marriage between the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin Usman and 14-year-old girl, Habiba Isa, was irreversible.
The family of Mr. Isiyaku Tanko of Warkaza community in Kudun Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, had accused the Emir of Katsina of forcefully abducting and marrying their 14-year-old daughter, Habiba Isiyaku, denying her of her constitutional rights.
Habiba was alleged to have been abducted on August 16, 2016, by Jamilu Lawal, an official of Emir of Katsina and staff in the palace. Habiba was reportedly converted to Islam and held incommunicado.
The Emirate council told officials of the Katsina State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, who visited the emir in his palace yesterday over the issue, that the marriage and Isa’s conversion to Islam were voluntarily and willingly entered into by the girl.
And that there was no evidence that the 14-year-old girl was forced to act against her wish. During the visit, young Habiba Isa was made to appear before CAN officials and others in the palace and was asked three questions by the Kaora Katsina, Alhaji Nuhu Abdulkadir, on behalf of the emirate council.
She was asked whether she was forcefully converted to Islam, to which she replied no. She was also asked whether the emirate council or any other person forced her into the marriage with the emir, to which she also answered no.
Thirdly. she was asked whether. by the time she met her husband, she was already experiencing menstrual period, to which she answered yes.
The Kaora Katsina said, the three questions were in line with the dictates of the Islamic religion and that since Isa has voluntarily answered the three questions there is no going back on her marriage.
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Abdulkadir explained that in as much as the emirate council would not want to be involved in the controversy surrounding the marriage, the palace of the emir was open to all Nigerians irrespective of religion and tribe.