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Marriage consent: Petition stalls girl’s suit against dad

A petition filed by Malam Muhammad Yusuf on Monday to a Sharia court stalled hearing in a suit filed by a teenage girl, Halima Yunusa,…

A petition filed by Malam Muhammad Yusuf on Monday to a Sharia court stalled hearing in a suit filed by a teenage girl, Halima Yunusa, accusing her father of refusing to give consent for her to marry her lover, Bashir Yusuf.

NAN reports that the court, sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, on May 16, ordered Yusuf, the petitioner, to appear before it in order to acknowledge and agree that his son, Bashir, should marry Halima.

In continuation of the case, Yusuf, who honoured the court’s invitation, came with a petition which halted the trial.

The Khadi, Murtala Nasir, who expressed surprise, said he was trying to put everything in order by advising Yusuf to allow his son marry Halima.

He adjourned the case sina die (without any future date being designated as for resumption.

NAN reports that the judge, at the last sitting, held that Yusuf should be advised to allow the children get married, noting that, “If he refuses, we will get them married in the court even without his blessing.” (NAN)