PHOTO: 70-Year-Old Alhaji Insists On Forcefully Marrying 12-Year-Old Girl, Gets A Lawyer Fights For Him

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Based on a prediction that his fortune would experience a leap, should he be married to a 12-year-old, a septuagenarian is hell bent on exchanging marital vows with the pre-teen girl despite the protestations of the mother.

TWELVE years old Aminat Hamisu, a Class 1 student of Ansar Ud Deen Junior Secondary School in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government is in dire need of someone to save her life from impending disaster. She is a subject of a forceful marriage to a man, old enough to be her grandfather. She lost her father in the course of the confusion that ensued over her planned marriage to a septuagenarian. Aminat is supposed to be a Junior Secondary School 2 student but had to miss a whole academic session as a result of the fact that she had to escape from being forcefully engaged to a man, who should have been her guardian rather than husband. The insistence of the old man to marry her has also resulted in her missing classes.

Forty three years old Salamatu Hamisu, the mother of the 12 years old girl, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and human rights organisations to save her daughter from forceful marriage to a man bent on marrying the girl. The mother of seven, while narrating the whole episode to Nigerian Tribune stated that it all started in 2011, when a man identified as Mallam Ibraheem Mairago, who was like a father to her insisted on marrying Aminat, who was just 11 years of age at that time.

According to her, a certain Mallam Alli had told Mairago that he had a dream that if he could marry Aminat, his riches would multiply. Meirago believed Mallam Alli and instantly approached the father of Aminat, Alhaji Hamisu Aliyu, now deceased, asking for the hand of his daughter in marriage.

“Initially my husband refused but, when Mairago promised him some goodies, he accepted the marriage proposal without telling either the girl or me. Mairago promised to give him a portion at the ram market in Mile 12. He also promised to always involve him in Quranic recitation for wealthy people in Lagos,” Salamatu narrated. She also stated that “One day, my husband brought some yards of cloth home and said that it was meant for my daughter. I asked him where the cloth was from and he said that Alhaji Mairago bought it for her. I asked him for what reason and he said he did not know. I rejected the cloth and when I prodded him further he confessed to me that Meirago wanted to marry our daughter.”

The planned marriage led to a clash between the household of the late Mallam Hamisu Aliyu, forcing him to report the case to his brother in law in Sagamu. The brother in law also initially kicked against the planned wedding but later succumbed, in a circumstance Salamatu described as suspicious. “When I refused to support the marriage proposal, my late husband reported me to my   brother in Sagamu and my brother also kicked against the marriage but later he took Mairago to my brother and it was agreed that Mairago should pay N50,000 as the bride price. At this stage, my daughter was not even aware that somebody wanted to marry her,” the mother said. She also said that “When the situation got to a stage my daughter was informed and she became really devastated.

Because of the marriage talk, she ran away from home for four days. On the day she ran away, I woke her early in the morning and told her to go and pray. For more than three hours, I did not see her and we looked around Mile 12 Market but she was nowhere to be found. It was after four days that we saw her.  The situation grew so tense that the deceased Aliyu divorced his wife, who was then nursing a two-month- old baby.

The woman said that she was sent away from her husband’s house and she had to live on menial jobs in Mowe area of Ogun State. Before the death of Aminat’s father, her suitor forced him and the mother’s brother to refund the N50,000 naira he paid to them as the bride price. Though the father was said not to have taken out of the money when it was paid, the brother-in-law collected N40,000, while a certain Alhaji Manga also went away with N10,000. The refund of the bride price, ordinarily, should have been the end of the proposed marriage but Alhaji Meirago kept on pestering the girl’s family that he wanted to marry the underage girl. He was accused of victimising the late Aliyu, who was then working under him.

“Before my husband died, he got to know that I had relocated to Sango in Ogun State, where I was staying with my cousin, Mallam Thani Bala. He even pleaded with my cousin not to allow me return to Mowe. By this time Alhaji Mairago had married another wife for him. My husband still loved me and he was coming to see me, even sometime he would sleep in my cousin’s house,” the woman claimed. She further claimed that “When Alhaji Mairago got to know that my husband was still coming to see me in my cousin’s place, he changed to him totally. Even when they told him that my husband was ill, he said that as long as my husband was coming to see me, he should die.”

The death of the father of the 12-year-old girl has, however, not changed the situation  as Mallam Mairago  has turned his attention to Mallam Bala, who he accused of habouring his wife. According to the mother, “Mairago has continued to insist that Aminat is his wife and that he wants the police to force Thani to release the young girl to him.” In his reaction to the issue, Alhaji Mairago, who spoke through his lawyer, Mr. Jeleel Bashir, said that the proposed marriage was in accordance with Islamic Law. He said that he had secured the approval of the bride’s father and paid the required bride price as stipulated by Islamic law. The lawyer claimed that there were witnesses to the marriage between Alhaji Mairago and Aminat, adding that the only person, who had the right to dissolve the marriage was Alhaji Mairago himself.

On the claim by the girl’s mother that the bride price had been returned, the lawyer said that “I am not aware that the bride price had been returned. Even if the bride price was returned, that does not mean that the marriage has been dissolved.”

According to Bashir, Islamic law permits such marriage, even if the bride to be is not in support of the marriage. “Islamic law allows a guardian to choose for the girl if she is underage,” he said. He, however, said that the purpose of such marriage is not essentially for sex but for the suitor to take care of the underage girl.

The girl, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, kicked against the planned marriage. She insisted on completing her education before thinking of marriage and added that the man was even far older than her father. “I don’t want to marry now; I want to finish my schooling. Alhaji’s children cannot even be my friends because they are older than I am. I don’t want to marry Alhaji. He should leave me to complete my education,” the 12-year-old girl said.

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  1. U peoples should learn how to talk, comments captions. U dnt abuse or make scarcies remarks to our belove Prophet. Useless peoples

    • So what is Islam stupid?
      Is this man not even better than the rapist Mohammed (That the old man is following), that raped and molest many kids until he was caught with 6 year Aisha, and suddenly he claimed that ‘god’ told him to protect her…?
      Islam must be banned and anyone following it should be seen from the light of their evil that it is!!!
      Islam is be retards ands devil worshippers!!!

  2. A’uzubillahi mina shaidani rajim. The love and worship of wealth can lead some people to he’ll. What if this girl were his grand daughter? Wicked. The lawyer too is wicked, may a 70yrs old man marry the lawyer’s 12year old daughter. Ameen.

  3. Who has made a statment concernin d holy prophet? Hw foolish can u b? U idiot, u’r lukn 4 an xcuse to start ur hate tins, nigerians r $ will continue to b one irrespective of haters like u. Mumu

  4. In about 10yrs time the man will be dead the girl will become a widow @ 22, funny Islam hmm ! Maybe this is what their leader did… Forcefully sleeping with children.

  5. ℓ☺ℓ! Funny story. Pls tell the mumu aboki n d stupid sharia lawyer dat dis is south west of naija where will blv in right n freedom of every individual even of dat a day old babie. This is not zamfara where they live like malu (cow) with crazi sharia law. The lawyer shud go back n obtain GCE form, write JAMB (I even dout if he will pass that) choose OOU write putme and enter for LAW by then he can practice law here in south west. Alhaji shud wait let his mumu lawyer acquired necessary knowledge before he file the case. Bunch of Fools

  6. Gaskiya,Maigari or wat did u call ur self?cos u ar not a real Alhaji dey ar just using dat name 2qualify u,u&ur useless lawyer is dat wat ISLAM thought u?u ar very stupid wit ur incorigible heart.Y ar u Hausa’s always mis interprete QURAN like dis?if u know dat ur knowledge is too low abt ISLAM pls go 2does dat ar more knowledgeable dan u so dat dey can lead u through,cos ISLAM is not in support of marry wife wit force,even QURAN said if u want 2marry a wife &d wife parents did not want u 2marry der daughter dat u must not marry such woman.Haba y ar u ppls so heartless lik dis?u can never said u ar not d 1dat kill d girl father self&sincerelly speaking u will b judge by Almighty ALLAH 4 all dis ur evil did

  7. Well,that is just what you should expect from a dirty brain,or money miss road man. if Alhaji want to take care of the girl why cant he take care of the girl father while he is still alive, pls just go and ask for forgiveness from God even the Sharia Lawyer I hope this also happens to your daughter. because to you this is normal thing in this present time where people of God send their children to University and other important school , just for their future………

  8. The most biased creatures on earth are the fools that always relate abnormalities to a particular prophet or religion.if a muslim commits a crime, y must islam or muhammed go to trial or d person by his name.dat animal dat just blamed prophet muhammed now should,u are so biase and empty headed.if a xtian commits a crime, does dat mean jesus taught dat and dat all christians are ur heart and grab d truth.u are so biase & know notin about what u are doing.

  9. Abu Hurairah (ra) reported that the Prophet said:
    “Whoever went to a fortune-teller and believed in what he said, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.” if u disbelieve in d quran, den u’re nt a muslim.. Firstly, dat maigeri or whatever is nt a muslim 4 blieving in fortune telling..

  10. @haha nd waw, actly am nt supose to ans u guys, cos 4rm d name u use sef, one shld knw dt u guys are retards and animals. To dos blaming d prophet, some robbers were caught and all of dem are xtians, u wnt c muslims commentin on such dt jesus teach u guys 2b robbers and jesus also ws a robber! Bt u xtians, as long as u c a muslim name, u take dt as a chamce 4 abusin islam, d prophet and general muslims, what is realy ur problem? Take it or nt, islam wl 4eve continue 2b, go hang yaself if u can cope wt dem, bunch of nicompous.

  11. If truely u are educated stop followg or using those stories said to u by ur coleagues in the CHURCH or media, go and search for the truth about ISLAM through the RIGHT SOURCE.

  12. Nigerian’s, for God’s sake let’s stop making prejudiced generalizations and inflamatory remarks. The fact is that as long as different religions exist conflict is inevitable, but let this conflict be no more than a conflict of opinions.

  13. lnfact it is the man who should be arrested and certainly not the religion. The principal in this case is the man who want to use dubious method to steal. Leave religion out of this Foolish he want a young


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