The Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir, has illegally married off Aisha Mani, a Christian teenager, to her abductor, Mohammed Samaila, without her family’s consent, Hausa Christian Foundation (HACFO) has alleged.
In a Facebook post, HACFO narrated how the Emir, in cahoots with the District Head of Kafur Local Government Area (LGA), Abdulrahman Rabe, conspired to perpetrate the unlawful act.
They claimed Aisha Mani was married off to her abductor Mohammed Samaila by the monarch despite police efforts and a petition by a law firm, SaharaReporters writes.
Aisha’s family was said to have relocated her from Gidan Dandada, Rafin Iyaka, to another relative in Funtua after they suspected romantic advances from Samaila.
However, the teenage girl was said to have gone missing from Funtua and after long hours of searching, the case was reported to the police.
“Two days later, on February 12, 2021, Aisha’s parents received a call from the District Head of Kafur telling them to stop searching for Aisha because she is safe with him in his house. He claimed that one Idris Shehu brought her to his house,” HACFO said.
Rabe was said to have disregarded her family’s plea that she be returned and refused them access to see Aisha “on the ground that she wanted to convert to Islam.”
The traditional ruler reportedly called Aisha’s parents after ten days, stating that her abductor wanted to marry Aisha, but they refused, insisting that due process must be followed.
Subsequently, Rabe “went ahead to arrange a marriage between Aisha and Mohammed Samaila without the consent and approval of Aisha’s Family.”
“The Area Commander told the District Head not to go ahead with their marriage plans between Aisha and Mohammed Samaila, but the district head ignored it,” the NGO said in its report, adding that the agreement was that Aisha be brought to the police station, one which the District Head ignored.
HACFO said the girl was instead taken to the Emir of Katsina the same day the district head was supposed to take her to the police station, adding that “on reaching there, the Emir of Katsina joined Aisha and Mohammed in marriage without the consent of her parents.”
The group highlights that the incident was not the first time the predominantly Muslim community would be oppressing native Christian Hausas, forcefully abducting their daughters for marriage without parental or family consent.
Reeling out the names of some victims, the foundation alleged that crimes against Christians “are always swept under the carpet” in Rafin Iyaka Sabuwar Kasa, Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina.