The parents of the girl whose name is Janet Habila, have challenged the Sharia court’s decision to marry their daughter to a Muslim man named Nasiru, a tailor for whom she worked in the Erena district of the Shiroro Local Government Area, without their consent. The Sunday Sun reports.
Janet was said to have been enrolled by her father Habila Gambo to the tailoring school in order to horn her tailoring skills after she dropped out of school, Gambo was then shocked to have learnt in mid march that his daughter had been married off to Nasiru instead.
According to news gather, it was claimed that Nasiru arranged a Muslim man and women to come to the court and pose as Janet’s parents so that the marriage could occur.
Janet’s father in an interview reviewed that “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,” Gambo said
“But to my surprise, on March 16, I came back home and met a court summon, asking me to report at the Sharia Court, Erena,” the father added. “On getting to the court, I was told that my daughter had converted to Islam and that her marriage had been fixed for 2 p.m. that same day.”
He further disclosed that on getting to the court, he told them he was Janet’s father and he was not aware of any marriage, however, the official at the court told Gambo that “the marriage would go on as planned even without my consent.” he reported
Gambo then reported the incident to the Niger State Police Command who than swiftly went to arrested Nasiru, during a questioning in the police station Janet claimed to have been confused and not in her right state of mind.
Although Janet was initially returned to her parents, she and her parents were asked to return to the police facility five days later after the investigation was completed.
On getting to the station Gambo and his wife, Asabe received the shock of there life when Janet declared that she would rather be with Nasiru. Following that proclamation, the police returned Janet to her Muslim husband.
The father was so provoked that he promised to challenge it with all he has, he said “This will never happen in my lifetime. My daughter is not a stray animal, and even a stray animal has an owner. Nobody can take my daughter from me for free without my consent, I will challenge this with the last drop of my blood.”
Later when Asabe Gambo went to visit her daughter at Nasiru’s home, she claims that she was beaten by Nasiru’s relatives because she was not a Muslim.
“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,” she added. “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.”