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Tuesday 15th June 2021,
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Nigerian child bride ‘admits’ killing her husband

Nigerian child bride ‘admits’ killing her husband

 killing her husband – Nigerian child bride ‘admits’ killing her husband – A Nigerian child bride has ‘admitted’ killing her 35 years old husband using rat poison by signing a confession she couldn’t read – with her thumbprint.

killing her husband- Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for 14-year-old Wasila Tasi’u, whose farmer husband Umar Sani was found dead just days after marrying her in April.

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If she is found guilty, the teenager – who is from a poor and deeply conservative Muslim family and cannot write – could become the first child in Nigeria to be executed in 18 years.
Human rights campaigners have expressed outrage over her treatment, saying she should be seen as a victim of abuse.
But the case has prompted mixed reactions in her impoverished home state of Kano, where Sharia (Islamic) law is in place alongside the laws of the government.

That, claim some followers, allows child marriage – and 14 is a normal age for a bride.
Gezawa High Court overflowed yesterday as prosecutors closed their case in the murder trial, with people peering in through the open windows and a crowd so large it spilled out of the gallery door.
Homicide investigator Abdullahi Adamu revealed he translated Wasila’s statement from her native language, Hausa, into English, which she did not speak.
Despite being unable to read the document she then signed it, he told the court.
She could not write her name so ‘she had to use a thumbprint,’ he added.
One of the prosecution witnesses was the farmer’s second wife Ramatu, who told how her ‘co-wife’ prepared him dinner before being due to go to bed with him.

 

The court heard the murder victim had married Ramatu previously in the village of Unguwar Yansoro, which sits in a region where polygamy is widespread. Sapa
amatu said she got along well with the 14-year-old and the two had prepared food together on April 5, the day Sani died.

Because it was Wasila’s turn to share a bed with her new husband, she was also entitled to serve him his meal.

‘After putting the food in the dish I didn’t see anybody put anything in it,’ Ramatu said – but later she saw her husband foaming at the mouth and unable to walk.

Because it was Wasila’s turn to share a bed with her new husband, she was also entitled to serve him his meal.

‘After putting the food in the dish I didn’t see anybody put anything in it,’ Ramatu said – but later she saw her husband foaming at the mouth and unable to walk.

The neighbour ate four of the small balls made of bean paste but ‘was not comfortable with the taste’, he said, adding: ‘It was only Umar (Sani) who continued eating.’

Previous court reports suggested three other people had died after allegedly eating the contaminated food, but all four deaths had been combined into one murder charge.

The case has raised the spectre of child marriage in Nigeria, where campaigners say almost two fifths of children are married off before their 18th birthday.

Some 16 per cent are married before they turn 15, according to the campaign group Girls Not Brides – and the rates are the highest in the north, near where Wasila lived.

Hussaina Ibrahim from the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), who is representing the teenager, told The Guardian: ‘We are against the trial. The whole process violates her fundamental rights.

‘The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child says she should be in education. She should be in school’.

But others including the 14-year-old’s own relatives have rejected the notion she was forced into marriage.

They have said that 14 is a common age to marry in the deeply impoverished region and that she chose Sani from among many suitors.

A motion by defence lawyers to have the case moved to juvenile court was rejected, despite claims by human rights activists that she is too young to stand trial for murder in a high court.

The use of Sharia law has also made the case more complicated, because there are no guidelines saying where Islamic law ends and state law begins.

According to Human Rights Watch, Nigeria is not known to have executed a juvenile offender since 1997, when the country was ruled by military dictator Sani Abacha.

The trial, in which a not guilty plea was entered for the 14-year-old, has been adjourned until February 16.

 

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