‘Totally Unacceptable’ – FG Takes Action As Niger Speaker Moves To Marry Off 100 Girls

Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, IGP, and sought a court injunction to stop the Speaker of the Niger State Assembly, Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, from marrying off 100 orphaned girls. recalls that the Speaker recently announced his plans to marry off the orphaned girls, who reportedly lost their parents due to banditry attacks in the Mariga local government area of the state....CONTINUE READING THE ARTICLE FROM THE SOURCE

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The Speaker announced that marrying them off would be part of his constituency project.

According to him, the gesture is aimed at alleviating the suffering of the impoverished. He also pledged to pay the dowries for the bridegrooms and procured materials for the mass marriage.

However, while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Kennedy-Ohanenye described the plans as totally unacceptable and emphasised that a full-scale investigation has commenced on the issue.

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She said,“I want to let the honorable speaker of the house in Niger State to know that this is totally unacceptable by the Federal Minister of Women Affairs and by the government, totally unacceptable.

“Because there is something called the Child’s Right Act and I said it from the onset, that it is no more business as usual.

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“These children must be considered, their future must be considered.

“So I have gone to court. I have written him a letter and written a petition to the IG of police.

”And I have filed for injunction to stop him from whatever he is planning to do on the 24th, until a thorough investigation is carried out on those girls, find out whether they gave their consent, their ages, find out the people marrying them.”