Reps to investigate alleged forced marriage of minor in Katsina

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By; JOSEPH I. EGBODO, Abuja.
 The House of Representatives Tuesday directed its committee on Women Affairs and Human Rights to investigate the alleged abduction and forceful marriage of 14 years old Habiba Isa in Katsina State.
Hon. Raphael Igbokwe had in a motion urged the House to investigate the alleged forced marriage to the girl, which was unanimously adopted by members.
According to him, the alleged marriage was without the consent of Habiba’s parents, adding the hapless parents have been reported to be under threat and harassment over their request for the release of the girl.
“Nigeria is a secular state and signatory to both the UN and African Charter on Right and Welfare of the child.
“Section 27 of the child Rights Act stipulates 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.
“If nothing is done, this trend may continue which possess potential threat to peace and unity of our dear country”, he stated.

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