The issue of #ChildBrides forced into early marriage is very common in most parts of northern Nigeria. It is one of those practices that has refused to die despite the uproar tagged #ChildNotBride kicking against the ‘legalized’ perversion.

Wasila Umar feeds husband and 13 others with rat poison.

14 year old Wasila Umar was forced by her parents to marry a 35 year old man in Kano State, Nigeria. The man, Umar Sani was already married with two children.

Two weeks after the wedding, Wasila Umar mixed rodenticide with her husband’s food. The food was eaten by fourteen people however only three, including the husband, died on the spot.

Police Public Relations Officer, Magaji Musa Majiya, disclosed at a news conference that Wasila Umar, had confessed to have poisoned her husband’s food.

According toWasila, she told her parents that she was not in love with the deceased Umar Sani and begged not to marry him. Her pleas fell on deaf ears and the wedding still held.

“I told them I don’t like the man but instead for them to consider me, they kept on beating me every day so as to justify to me getting married to him. In the end they succeeded and I had to kill him because I don’t love him” -Wasila Umar

Wasila’s father, however, denied giving out his daughter against her wish. He said that Wasila brought in three people among which he chose one whom she killed.

“I did not force her into marrying him, she brought in three people for me and I had to make a choice” -Wasila’s Father

Although Wasila is in Police custody, it is expected that there would be no case to build against her by virtue of being a minor. This, however, is subject to the judge’s interpretation of the case, as Wasila or her parents could still be jailed for life.

Ten others who ate the poisoned food have been treated and discharged from the hospital, while the remaining four including the husband were buried in accordance with Islamic principles.

It has been said that in ideal Islamic wedding arrangements, Wasila is not due for marriage since she is less than 18 years, as Islam strongly condemns compulsory marriage.

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