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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sharia court upholds illegal marriage of a Muslim tailor & his 16-yr-old Christian apprentice in Niger

Parents of a Christian 16-year-old girl are crying out for help following the decision of a Sharia court sitting in Erena to forcefully marry their daughter Janet Habila, to her Muslim tailor boss, Nasiru. According to Sun News, this happened in Erena district of Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State. (above is a picture of the girl's mother)



Janet was an apprentice in Nasiru’s tailoring institute in Erena, where her father, devoted church leader with the United Mountain of Grace in Shundna village, had enrolled her in 2016 to learn the trade after she refused to further her education beyond primary school.

Janet until recently was the leader of the Sabo Rayi (new life) group in the church. Her parents as a way of empowering her, enrolled her to learn the tailoring trade but were shocked to receive a notification of her marriage through a Sharia court in Erena. Nasiru, a Nigerien national who settled in Erena, was said to have approached the court to join him and Janet as husband and wife without seeking the consent and approval of the parents.

"According to a source close to the family of the girl, Nasiru was said to have craftily organized some Muslim men and women in the area to stand as the parents of Janet in court to enable the marriage to take place.

"Habila Gambo, Janet’s father told Sunday Sun that unless the decision by the Sharia court, presided over by Umar Shehu to forcefully marry his daughter out to her Muslim boss without his consent was reversed, “it will eventually lead to a possible religious crisis in Erena.” Gambo warned that even if such illegality had happened elsewhere and they get away with it, “Erena and its environs would be thrown into confusion and possible anarchy by the practice of forced conversion and marriage.

Narrating what happened further Gambo said: “To my surprise, on March 16, 2017, I came back home and met a court summon, asking me to report at the Sharia Court, Erena. On getting to the court, I was told that my daughter had converted to Islam and that her marriage had been fixed for 2:00pm that same day. I told the Sharia court judge that as a father of Janet, I was not aware of such arrangement because my daughter never discussed anything like that with me. Therefore, I was not going to accept it and I would not be part of it.

“But to my surprise the judge told me that the court only wanted to inform me and that was all. He said that the marriage would go on as planned even without my consent. My daughter had never told me that she wanted to convert to Islam not to talk of marrying a Muslim, I paid a lot of money to train her and I would not allow this to happen while I am alive.”

Gambo reported the matter to the Niger State Police Command through a formal letter, urging the police to intervene and rescue his daughter from what he called an “unlawful marriage”. Following his complaint, the police promptly arrested Nasiru and detained him at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Minna. Janet who was as asked to narrate what transpired, Janet told the police that she could not recall what actually happened but that she discovered that she was taking every instruction from Nasiru.

“I was confused, I didn’t know what happened, but I was taking every instruction from him (Nasiru). I was afraid to let my parents know because of the consequences and I was equally afraid to turn down Nasiru’s love advances even though inside me I didn’t like the idea.”

After taking her statement, Janet was handed over to the parents and were asked to return to the police after five days while investigation into the matter continued. Shockingly, when they returned to the police headquarters, Janet demanded that she should be allowed to say something, which, according to her, had been bothering her since she was handed over to her parents. She declared that she was not returning home with her parents as she was ready to join her husband, Nasiru.

Her father broke down in tears and wept uncontrollably as he watched his daughter being handed over to Nasiru by the police because the court had earlier pronounced them husband and wife and it was only the same court that could dissolve the marriage. He has now promised to challenge them with the last drop of his blood blood, saying 'This will never happen in my life time. My daughter is not a stray animal, and even a stray animal has owner. Nobody can take my daughter from me for free without my consent.'

Janet's mother, Asabe Gambo was also assaulted by Nasiru's relations when she went to visit her daughte. Narrating the experience, Asabe said: “I only wanted see my daughter when the women in the house gathered and started beating me and calling me unbeliever who should not be welcome into the house. They told me that my daughter was now a Muslim and, therefore, did not need any unbeliever around her. They didn’t allow me to even sight my daughter with my eyes. I am seriously in pain, as a mother who carried her pregnancy for nine months,” she lamented. “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.  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.”

37 comments:

hrm paul said...

But now d daughter say him wan marry d guy make she go wat ever she sees she takes.these Muslims are animals barbarians if it was a muslim girl dat converted dey will start fight we have nothing in common with these barbarians

dupe said...

Sounds surreal.

liberty okere said...

this is the rubbish sanusi is talking about...
short sited folks..

Cornelius Chukwu said...

See me see wahala, what do we call this one. No Muslim girl for him to marry?

Dupsy B said...

Forget she don go! I believe that there were no Christian tailoring schools where your daughter could go to before you took her to the muslim man abi? Now you are crying. Leave her jor. You said over your dead body. Then you will... she don go oo. May God help you people.

Twingle Tangle said...

Make una leave am alone. Na her destiny be dat.

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Orishirishi


... Merited happiness

uniquechic said...

God will visit dat man and his evil cohorts and send confusion to d enemies camp.....ds is soo bad...I feel for his parents..
u cant force sharia law on a non Muslim..wot rubbish is that!!!
Her parents shd go to a higher authority in Niger ds one pass local community things..d gal is obviously under influence..she is not even old enough ...16yrs and just starting her life...mschew ..dey shd have taken her away wen d police granted dem first..
now d man go don defile am or prolly impregnate her...such injustice

Teslim Omipidan said...

Lawyers in the house, this is gonna be like Nasiru v Habila Gambo. Just like Mariyama v Sadiku Ejo.
Seriously, this should not be allowed.
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Anonymous said...

There's hierarchy of courts, this court does not make the final decision. File for appeal to an appellate court, all hope isn't lost.

Kingsley Opara said...

People now turn away from the truth because of some stupid religious beliefs. Had it been the other way round,hell would be let loosed. I weep for Nigeria.

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Of reverse was the case, a religious crisis would have erupted already. The girl is clearly under the influence of some mysterious powers. May God deliver her. Hope CAN takes up the matter.


Long live LIB

Anonymous said...

Brainwash. They brainwash these kids, she is no not nature enough to make that decision.

Anonymous said...

The hypocrisy in Islam is that they will never allow a Christian man to marry a Muslim girl and convert her to Christianity. Isn't it illegal to marry an under age girl without her parents consent? And yet the Nigeria police which is a federal police are supporting sharia which is not federal law. Who ever still believes in one Nigeria is the biggest fool in history.

Truthurts said...

Niger state governor should do something about this. #savejanethabila.
This is getting 2 much on Christians. The governor should intervene fast 2 avoid incessant killings.

Anonymous said...

,may those who support this evil let i
t be their portions, evil religion.

coco said...

Your father is an animal,not all Muslims are bad,and don't even think u are different....cow!

Peter James said...

Moslems are animals. Including the educated ones. Their sharia law is their god and they kill for it. Just like the murder in the name of their rapist prophet Mohammad. Idiots!

Anonymous said...

Please I urge you to learn about marriage in Islam and the status given to girls/women with an unbiased mind and then see the beauty of Islam

Sucre said...

My point exactly. She just had to go to a Muslim tailor when they are residing in the north and anything could happen. That was a very unwise decision the parents took. Extremely unwise

Alepatto said...

To me 16 years is still under age, d man most have used some charms on her, my annoyance is that b4 she wil get herself she would have given birth to all d children in her womb. May God help d parents, it is very wrong to marry somebody child without d parents consent. I pray God will intervene on dis issues

Abubakar D. Ibrahim said...

Peter James , don't be foolish by insulting an entire faith simply because you think that you are offended. Firstly , you only got the report on a social media but you were never there to tell exactly what happens. And you are already judging ? Secondly , apart from the information you get from obscurantists or prejudists on social media , its clear that you don't know anything concerning Islam. Yet , you are judging muslims already ? Even calling muslims names ? Can you swear that you never come across some nice Muslim people before ? Or are you telling me that all Christians are nice ? May God forgive you

Ojo Adekanmbi said...

If only the address of Nasiru's family members here in Lagos can be made known to us. Seriously vexing. Is it until our female corpers start falling for this sh"t before we start acting, rubbish!

Anonymous said...

You are speaking like an idiotic religious fundamentList! Why insult her father, at the age of 6 what knowledge does she have! In ur fathers house use can I marry yourself off without the consent and agreement of your father! Okay so when the man starts maltreating her who would stand for her! You are a very stupid idiot for what you just said!! Barbaric Islamist

Anonymous said...

This is very stupid coming from your mouth is like saying a public institution or workplace should be Muslim or Christian it's her boss the owner and I imagine there are many Christian Owned and Muslim owned dossnr mean the Islamic man should take advantage of her a 16yeat old! You are a bloody good for this statement!

Vivian Reginalds said...

hmm
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

RareSpecie Z said...

Sad.
That asshole hypnotized his daughter. I know how they operate. And u will be shocked to discover that the Nasiru idiot is not even a True Muslim.

Anonymous said...

Custodians of the Islamic faith, if you go on like this, you will make the religion of Islam very unatttactive. No sane person will wish to be associated with it. The sensible ones among you should take the front row and fight the monstrous corruption of a very humble religion. The insanity even from very educated Muslims is very troubling especially when it comes to women and so called infidels. Ball in your court.

There was a time Muslims were converting en masse, it took the intervention of some progressives to control this tide but with vices like these practised even openly and backed by laws, I'm afraid for the inevitable.

FKprimez said...

Beauty my ass!!!

Anonymous said...

The girl is being spiritually manipulated by those bigots. If it was a Christian that did this to a muslim girl, they would have brought out machetes and beheaded as many Christians as they can find. Hypocrites.

Anonymous said...

I blame our stupid leaders who lack foresight and succumb to selfish interest and religious sentiments. Why would you have a court that runs separately from other types of courts inside one country? This hopeless leaders have been planting the seeds of discord and fundamentalist ideas. Is Nigeria not a secular state?
These are pedophiles who hide behind the Sharia court and religion. Unfortunately, this won't be the last case.

Pretty woman friend said...

They're just looking for a way, to convert all Christians to Muslim. Bunch of blood suckers

kikomu chris said...

This totally unacceptable in all ramification. This should go to extra mile to ensure DT d girl is rescued cos she is under d influence of spell by all diz demonic Muslims.

Anonymous said...

Exactly my point. We do not have a country. The only thing called Nigeria is joined by oil. Let's all separate. We need freedom from one another. This seed had been long sown. Only God knows what's next on their devious agenda.

The parents should pray and also seek redress from a higher court. Even if the girl refuses to leave him, at least it will nullify the marriage.

Anonymous said...

May God Almighty rescue her from the hand hand of evil and wicked people

Anonymous said...

May God Almighty rescue her from the hand hand of evil and wicked people

Anonymous said...

God pls intervene

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