Nigerian father marries off his 12-year-old-daughter, collects laptop as bride price

Nigerian father marries off his 12-year-old-daughter, collects laptop as bride price

A man now duly identified as Oyefeso Saheed has been remanded for giving out his 12-year-old daughter in marriage. Reports reaching us confirm that the man accepted a HP laptop as bride price.

Saheed was eventually remanded by a family court at the Oke-Kura Correctional Centre in Ilorin for the act. This happened on Monday.

Magistrate Shade Lawal also ordered the remand of the victim’s purported husband, Ismail Lawal, 32; and then went ahead to adjourn the case of the 12-year-old- daughter in marriage till Wednesday for further mention.

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Earlier, the prosecutor, Sergeant Akinjide Adisa, said that the matter was reported at the Adewole police station by Aishat Temem. Temem is a member of the state branch of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA). He revealed that the matter was brought forward after the complainant had received a call from the victim’s school principal.

The prosecutor also told the court that the purported husband gave the victim’s father a HP laptop as the bride price for the marriage.

He then prayed to the court to order the remand of the girl’s father and purported husband. This, on the basis that the offence they allegedly committed were non-bailable.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

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Kingsley Alaribe is a Digital Marketer with 1stNews, and writes the weekly column, Strangers and Lovers. He is also a Data Scientist. Email: [email protected]

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