Outrage as Sharia court forcefully marries Christian girl to Muslim tailor boss in Niger state

A Sharia court has forcefully married a young Christian lady to her Muslim boss in Niger state.

The forceful marriage had sparked an outrage from the parents of the young lady who have vowed to bring the Sharia court to justice .

The young lady who was forced into a marriage without her parent’s consent is an apprentice to her tailor boss who was simply identified as, Nasiru. She was enrolled into Nasiu’s tailoring institute in 2016 to learn the trade by her father after she refused to further her education. Christian girl allegedly forced to marry Muslim boss in Sharia court NAIJ.com gathered that Nasiru had approached the Sharia court to join him and Janet in marriage without asking her parents for permission to wed their daughter. A source revealed that Nasiru had organized some Muslim men and women in the area to stand in as the girl’s parents in court in other for the marriage to take place. Her parents were shocked to receive a notification of Janet’s marriage through the Sharia court in Erena. They vowed to put a stop to the decision of the court. READ ALSO: Woman left to die on “Punishment Island” at age of 12 for getting pregnant According to the SunNews, Janet’s father, Habila Gambo, is a devoted church leader with the United Mountain of Grace in Shundna village. It was also gathered that Janet herself was the leader of the Sabo Rayi (new life) group in the same church Gambo expressed that if the court does not reverse the marriage there would be a religious crisis in Erena, Niger state. He said: “it will eventually lead to a possible religious crisis in Erena.” The 16-year-old girl’s father explained that he had only taken his daughter to a place where she can learn a trade for herself but she was forced to get married without his consent. He said: “Sometime in 2016, I enrolled my daughter, Janet in Nasiru’s tailoring institute as an apprentice to learn fashion design since she refused to continue with her education. She never disclosed to me that Nasiru was asking for her hand in marriage.” “But to my surprise, on March 16, 2017, I came back home and met a court summon, asking me to report at the Sharia Court, Erena. On getting to the court, I was told that my daughter had converted to Islam and that her marriage had been fixed for 2:00pm that same day.” “I told the Sharia court judge that as a father of Janet, I was not aware of such arrangement because my daughter never discussed anything like that with me. Therefore, I was not going to accept it and I would not be part of it.” “But to my surprise the judge told me that the court only wanted to inform me and that was all. He said that the marriage would go on as planned even without my consent.” “My daughter had never told me that she wanted to convert to Islam not to talk of marrying a Muslim, I paid a lot of money to train her and I would not allow this to happen while I am alive.” Gambo reported the incident to the Niger state police through a formal letter and Nasiru was arrested and detained at the station.

However, when asked to narrate what transpired, Janet told the police that she could not recall what actually happened but that she discovered that she was taking every instruction from Nasiru.

Janet who looked sober when she was first brought to the police headquarters, said in Hausa:
“I was confused, I didn’t know what happened, but I was taking every instruction from him (Nasiru).”
When asked why she didn’t inform her parents of Nasiru’s intention to marry her, Janet said:
“I was afraid to let my parents know because of the consequences and I was equally afraid to turn down Nasiru’s love advances even though inside me I didn’t like the idea.”
After taking her statement, Janet was handed over to the parents and were asked to return to the police after five days while investigation into the matter continued.

However five days later when Janet and her parents returned to the police headquarters, there was a mild drama as Janet demanded that she should be allowed to say something, which, according to her, had been bothering her since she was handed over to her parents.

When she was given the opportunity to express herself, Janet took her parents by surprise when she declared that she was not returning home with her parents as she was ready to join her husband, Nasiru.

A visibly shaken father of Janet broke down in tears and wept uncontrollably as he watched his daughter being handed over to Nasiru by the police because the court had earlier pronounced them husband and wife and it was only the same court that could dissolve the marriage.
“This will never happen in my life time. My daughter is not a stray animal, and even a stray animal has owner. Nobody can take my daughter from me for free without my consent, I will challenge this with the last drop of my blood.”
Meanwhile the mother of Janet, Asabe Gambo got the beating of her life when she went to visit her daughter in the home of Nasiru by his relations, who described the mother as an unbeliever who came to poison the mind of Janet.
Narrating the experience, Asabe said:
“I only wanted see my daughter when the women in the house gathered and started beating me and calling me unbeliever who should not be welcomed into the house.
“They told me that my daughter was now a Muslim and, therefore, did not need any unbeliever around her. They didn’t allow me to even sight my daughter with my eyes. I am seriously in pain, as a mother who carried her pregnancy for nine months,” she lamented.
“I want God to take my life instead of experiencing this kind of situation as a mother. This is quite unfortunate, I don’t want to believe that this is happening to me. My daughter’s sudden change of attitude is not ordinary. As a Christian, I strongly believe that God will surely pass his judgement over this unfortunate experience. My daughter will surely regain her senses and return back home.”
Forceful conversion of Christian girls and marrying them off to Muslim suitors through the Sharia court in the state without the consent of their parents remains a great concern and a threat to peaceful co-existence among the two major religions in the state.

Source – SunNewsonline.com

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