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23-year old girl sues father for hindering marriage plan

A 23- year -old girl, Khadija Ibrahim, sued her father, Ibrahim Bassa, before an Upper Area Court, Karu, Abuja on Monday for not letting her marry a suitor she likes.

Khadija revealed this in the court that her father had refused to approve her marriage to a suitor who was willing to marry her.

“He has refused to grant my request for marriage and he has also not given me a satisfactory explanation to that effect.

“The man I want to marry has made several attempts to meet with my father to discuss the wedding plan but he always avoided him.

“The day my suitor will be coming, that is the day my father will leave the house for an unknown place and this habit is delaying our marriage plan.

“The only reason he gave me was that the man I want to marry is not Fulani, which is not satisfactory to me because that is the only man I love.”

She also begged the court to order her father to let her marry Abdulhamidu, her suitor.

“I want the court to compel him to give a satisfactory reason why I cannot marry the man I love,” Khadija said.

Mr. Bassa, who affirmed his daughter’s allegation said, “It is true that I have not granted the man any audience.
“I have always avoided him because I am against his choice as a suitor.
“I have warned my daughter that marriage is not a child’s play. How can she get married to a man whose root and origin are not known to us?
“He said, if you are getting married in the Fulani tribe, the man or woman’s immediate and extended families must be known to everyone.
“My lord, she is too young to make a choice of marriage and even to marry an outsider but she has remained adamant and even brought me to court,’’ Mr. Bassa said.

Report from NAN said the judge Abdullahi Baba, adjourned the case till May 29 and advised everyone to maintain peace and told all the parties involved including the plaintiff and her suitor to appear in court on the next adjournment date.


Solomon Obende
Solomon Obende is a graduate of Public Administration from the prestigious Ambrose Alli University who is passionate about communications for development. He is proficient in crafting effective social media strategies. He listens to Jimmy Cliff's songs daily.

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