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Reps probe ‘forceful marriage’ of Katsina teen

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The House of Representatives has mandated two of its committees to investigate the alleged abduction and forceful marriage of 14-year old Habiba Isa in Katsina State.

The House noted with concern recent media reports that Habiba, from Warkaza community in Kankara local government area was married off forcefully.

Adopting a motion by Rep Raphael Nnanna Igbokwe (PDP, Imo) the House said Section 21 of the Child’s Rights Act provides that “No person shall remove or take a child out of the custody or protection of his father or mother or guardian against the will of the father, mother or guardian.”

The lawmakers added that the alleged marriage was without the consent of her parents, who have been reported to be under threat and harassment over their request for the release of their daughter.

If nothing was done, the House said the trend might continue, which would be a threat to peace and unity in the country.

The House asked the committees on Women Affairs and Human Rights to probe the matter and report in four weeks.

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