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Friday 14 October 2016

See the 14-year-old Habiba Before She was Forcefully Married Into 'Modern Slavery' by an Emir in Katsina (Photos)

The emir of Katsina, HRH. Alhaji Abdulmummuni Kabir Usman who sold a 14-year-old Christian girl into modern day slavery.
The photo of the 14-year-old schoolgirl, Habiba Ishiaku who was abducted, converted to Islam and forcefully married into modern day slavery by the Emir of Katsina has been revealed. We earlier reported that the Emir of Katsina, HRH. Alhaji Abdulmummuni Kabir Usman, through one of his aides identified as Jamilu Lawal, forcefully kidnapped a 14-year-old christian girl, Habiba Isa on August 16, 2016, and converted her to Islam before marrying her into modern day slavery without her parent's consent.
It was gathered that after receiving the news of the abduction of his daughter from her school, Government Senior Secondary School in Kudun Kankara LGA of Katsina by one Jamilu Lawal of Wawar Kaza in Kankara LGA of Katsina State, Habib’s father, Isiyaku Tanko immediately lodge a formal complaint to the Commissioner of Police Katsina state command, urging for swift intervention in the matter.
The Police was later informed by the suspect, Jamilu Lawal after his arrest that the said girl is being kept at the palace of the emir. All efforts by Habib’s father to seek for the release of his daughter including appealing to emir proved abortive.
The victim: 14-year-old Habiba Isiyaku
It has now been confirmed that the emir has married Habiba out to Jamilu Lawal (her abductor) after taking Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000) from him as dowry, claiming that Habiba has converted to Islam, therefore both she and her father can no longer inherit each other.
Isa is expected to clock 15 years on Saturday, October 15, 2016, and would have resumed school for the new academic term, but for her abduction.
The girl's father had cried out earlier saying: “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.
The parents of the girl, Mr & Mrs Ishiaku Tanko
“I requested that a formal complaint about the incident be lodged to the Commissioner of Police in Kastina, Jamilu and his parents were summoned to the police station and he not only admitted to abducting my daughter Habiba but also revealed that she was presently being kept at the Palace of the Emir of Kastina.
“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 if N50,000.00 as dowry from Jamilu Ibrahim for my daughter therefore, he will give her out in marriage in accordance with Islamic rites and injunctions.
Habiba's school exam ID
“As at today, I am aware that the Emir of Kastina has gone ahead to marry out my little girl without my consent, having received a dowry he is not entitled to receive, it fills me with so much pain and grief to realize that my daughter, who will turn 15 this Saturday the 15th may be celebrating her birthday in a forced marriage.
“I appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians and those in authority to help join hands to see that my daughter is released to me though the violations already done to her person may be irreversible. I further appeal that the Incident be well investigated and diligently prosecuted.”
The family of the girl are now crying for justice as The Stafanos Foundation is looking into the matter. Many people have been left shocked by the degree of abuse being suffered by this family and relevant authorities have kept mute over this terrible and shameful display of power by those who should be the custodian of it.

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