An Akure Family Court has stopped a forced marriage of a 16-year old secondary school pupil (names withheld) to an Islamic cleric identified as Alhaji Yusuf Lateef.
Bittertruth Media gathered that Alhaji Lateef had approached the girl’s parents and sought her hand in marriage in 2019.
Despite protest by the teenage girl, her parents forced her to accept the proposal and a day was fixed for the marriage.
But the girl in her firm refusal ran away from her home the same day the marriage was to hold. With the help of her brother, she does to Akure, the Ondo State capital and reported the matter to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development where she was accommodated and legal works began to stop the marriage.
Alhaji Lateef and the girl’s parents were later arraigned at the Family Court for breaching Part 3 of the 2007 Ondo State Child Rights Law.
After hearing from the defendants, the court presided over by Justice Aderemi Adegoroye ruled that the girl be returned to her parents for proper care and education and ordered Alhaji Lateef to sign an undertaking to stay away from her as well as ensure no harm comes her way.
Bittertruth Media reports that if Alhaji Lateef had succeeded in his illicit desire, the teenage girl would have been his 9th wife.