Teen sues father for refusing to give marriage consent
EMERGENCY DIGEST- A teenager, Halima Yunusa, yesterday sued her father before a Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State for allegedly refusing to let her marry her lover, Bashir Yusuf
Yunusa told the court that she was in love with Yusuf but that her parents were not letting them get married.
The teenager’s father, Ibrahim, a businessman, however, told the court that he was aware of the “extreme love” between his daughter and Yusuf, but added that Yusuf was yet to fulfill all known marriage rites.
“He came to me and expressed his desire to marry my daughter. I told him to come back with his parents and family members. After about a year he came back and took my daughter and ran away with her for three days. “We informed the police and both of were arrested and disciplined,” he said.
After their release from police custody, he said, they ran away again to Abuja where they spent two weeks.
Judge Murtala Nasir held that Yusuf’s father should be advised to allow the children get married.
“If he refuses, we will get them married in the court even with out his blessings,”he said.