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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Photos: Nigerian child bride 'admits' murdering her 35-year-old husband using rat poison

A Nigerian child bride has 'admitted' murdering her 35-year-old husband with rat poison by signing a confession she could not read - with her thumbprint.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for 14-year-old Wasila Tasi'u, whose farmer husband Umar Sani was found dead just days after marrying her in April.
If she is found guilty, the teenager - who is from a poor and deeply conservative Muslim family and cannot write - could become the first child in Nigeria to be executed in 18 years.
Human rights campaigners have expressed outrage over her treatment, saying she should be seen as a victim of abuse.
On trial: Wasila Tasi'u, 14, could face the death penalty for the alleged murder of her husband, 35
But the case has prompted mixed reactions in her impoverished home state of Kano, where Sharia (Islamic) law is in place alongside the laws of the government.
That, claim some followers, allows child marriage - and 14 is a normal age for a bride.
Gezawa High Court overflowed yesterday as prosecutors closed their case in the murder trial, with people peering in through the open windows and a crowd so large it spilled out of the gallery door.
Homicide investigator Abdullahi Adamu revealed he translated Wasila's statement from her native language, Hausa, into English, which she did not speak.
Despite being unable to read the document she then signed it, he told the court.
She could not write her name so 'she had to use a thumbprint,' he added. 
One of the prosecution witnesses was the farmer's second wife Ramatu, who told how her 'co-wife' prepared him dinner before being due to go to bed with him.
The court heard the murder victim had married Ramatu previously in the village of Unguwar Yansoro, which sits in a region where polygamy is widespread.
Ramatu said she got along well with the 14-year-old and the two had prepared food together on April 5, the day Sani died.
Sani Garba, 55, holds a picture of Wasila, who is his daughter-in-law, at her abandoned matrimonial home in the village of Unguwar Yansoro. Polygamy and child marriage are widespread in northern Nigeria
Gezawa High Court (pictured) overflowed yesterday as prosecutors closed their case in the murder trial, with people peering in through the open windows and a crowd so large it spilled out of the gallery door 
Outrage: Human rights activists are angry at the treatment of the 14-year old, who is pictured with one of her lawyers outside the court. If she is executed, it will be Nigeria's first reported execution of a child since 1997




Culled From Mail Online

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