Katsina Emirate denies alleged abduction, forceful marriage of 14-yrs-old Habiba

According to reports, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabiru Usman, has denied the alleged abduction and forceful marriage of 17-year-old Habiba Isyaku.


Kabir made the denial during a meeting with the Katsina branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday in Katsina.

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Kabir, represented by one of the king makers, Alhaji Nuhu Abdulkadir, the ‘Kauran-Katsina’, said that it was the Commissioner of Police who sent the matter to the palace for resolution.

He said that the girl embraced Islam on her own volition.

According to him, the father of the girl, Isyaku Tanko, had petitioned the police that one Jamilu had abducted his daughter, converted her to Islam and married her without their consent.

The Emir said that during investigation, the palace discovered that Habiba embraced Islam on her own volition.

He said that the girl had indicated her interest in marrying Jamilu, who is from the same area with her, and that the Emirate Council married her to her heartthrob, who paid N50,000 as her dowry.

He said that the palace had interviewed the girl to ascertain if she was forced to accept Islam, and she said no, and declined following her father home.

The Emir further said that the father of the girl had written an apology to the palace after discovering that he had made wrong accusations to council, and showed the letter to journalists present.

In his remarks, the Katsina State CAN Chairman, Rev. Nelson Onyekachukwu, said that the palace should always contact CAN in the state on such matters.

‘’We should be given time to go home and discuss with the parents and Kankara CAN branch on the matter and report back to the palace,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Tanko had told a news conference organised by Stefanos Foundation in Abuja on Wednesday that Jamilu had admitted to abducting his daughter.

He said that his daughter would be 15 years old on Saturday, and that she was kidnapped from school, Government Senior Secondary School, Kudun Kankara, Kastina State by one Jamilu Lawal.

He also said that she had been forcefully converted to Islam and married off by the Emir without her parents’ consent.

“My little girl was abducted on the 16th of August, 2016, from her school. After my investigations, I discovered that Jamilu Lawal, who lives in the same community, was responsible for my daughters’ disappearance.’’

He said that he had lodged a formal complaint with the Commissioner of Police in Kastina, and that he had also gone to the palace to retrieve his daughter but his mission was unsuccessful.

“On arrival at the Palace, the Emir informed me that my daughter has been converted from Christianity to Islam henceforth.

“There is no longer any relationship between me and my daughter and we can no longer inherit each other. He further informed me that he has received the sum of N50, 000 as dowry from Jamilu Ibrahim for my daughter.

“Therefore, he will give her out in marriage in accordance with Islamic rites and injunctions.

“He accused me of defaming him at the Police Station and I was threatened, intimidated and coerced to sign an apology drafted on my behalf in his Palace.

He appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and those in authority to help assist him to secure the release of his daughter.

On his part, Mr Mark Lipdo, the Programme Coordinator for Stafanos Foundation, an NGO, said that the organisation intervened in conflicts.

“We have been trying to intervene in the conflicts going on in Nigeria; we believe in the human rights of all citizens and encourage that fundamental rights be upheld at all times to maintain a sane society.

He noted that Habiba, who had just completed her Junior Secondary school with very good grades, had much prospects.

He said that the foundation had petitioned the Inspector General of Police with a view to securing the girls” release but had yet to get a response.

“The girl is a minor and things like this have to stop happening in this country because if it continues, people are going to resort to self-help,’’ Lipdo said.



  1. What on earth give the emir the right to sell or receive dowry of a girl on behalf of the father who is alive in his absence? Was the emir told, the family of the girl were all dead? Is this how the Emir marries of girls of rich Hausa people in his domain? Would he allow his daughter married to a Christian, assuming she voluntarily turn Christian in his absence, without any of his family members, even those from his wife present?
    Can a girl of 15years under the Nigerian law capable of giving consent to marry without the permission of her parents? The law put the age of consent to have carnal knowledge at 18years, and capacity to marry without parents’ consent at 21years.

    This is where the Sharia Law in the 12 Northern States of Nigeria encourages this Islamic confrontation with Constitutional law. It led to the enforcement of same law by Boko Haram. Now, Billions of Naira of Nigerian money is spent fighting a group enforcing law that was enacted by idle Islamic states that contribute almost nothing to the central government they feeds from. Further billions of naira needed to take care of real and assumed refugees, and the loss is still counting.

    The whole North East is engulfed with plans to eat from the refugee problem. From unexplained food trucks disappearance to thousands of NGOs collecting money in the name of humanitarian works, to government agencies and people packing billions without doing anything.

    Emirs are gods and whatever done by them is decrees of god and cannot be challenged by any person breathing air. So, even the victims of Boko Haram in the name of never criticize the leaders, say nothing bad about this killer group.
    How can a man appealled to the Commission of police for help to rescue his daughter from a kidnapper, only end up saying, it was a mistake if he was in the know of what the Emir has done in collaboration with the real abductor of this girl, a JS3 graduate? This is similar to what was done to the Bayelsa State girl who was alleged to have been married by Yenusa or so that is in Court after even Educated Sanusi Emir of Kano was named in the process to have had knowledge of Police investigations. In that case, the Commissioner of Police in Kano was alleged to have compromised the investigations, until a public outcry pushed the matter beyond the Police in Kano the IGP before the girl was rescued months pregnant; and have given birth, while the case of kidnap and rape is pending in court.
    It is hoped, the Inspector General Police gets involved speedily to rescue this girl before she is months pregnant by these child abusers succeed in the name of Islam.

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