A Nigerian Sharia Court ordered two teenage lovers to marry or face having their parents’ consent revoked.
Halima Yunusa filed a lawsuit against her father when he refused to consent to her marriage to Bashir Yusuf.
The case was heard in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, on Monday.
Yunusa, of Kasuwan Magani, Chikun Local Government Area, said in court that she loved Yusuf but that her parents would not let them marry.
Yunusa’s businessman father, Ibrahim, admitted to the court that he was aware of their “deep love.”
He claimed that the young man had not completed all of the necessary marital formalities, therefore he refused to give him his daughter’s hand.
“He approached me and indicated an interest in marrying my daughter. I advised him to return with his parents and other family members.
“He has not yet returned.” After a year or so.
“After a year, he returned and kidnapped my daughter and fled away with her for three days.”
“We found out later that they returned and went to my sister’s residence.
According to NAN, Ibrahim told the court, “We alerted the Police, and both of us were detained and reprimanded.”
The businessman went on to say that once the two lovebirds were released from police detention, they rushed away and spent two weeks in Abuja.
“However, after meeting with the boy’s father and having numerous conversations, he (the boy’s father) stated that his son would not be allowed to marry my daughter.
“Finally, the boyfriend’s father drove us to our village’s district head, where an agreement was made and signed by all of us and our witnesses to warn my daughter to stay away from his son,” Ibrahim recalled.
After hearing both sides, Judge Murtala Nasir concluded that Yusuf’s father should be instructed to allow his son, Yusuf, to marry Yunusa, whose father is not opposed to the marriage in principle.
“If he refuses, we will get them married in the court even without his blessings,” the judge threatened, before adjourning the matter until May 23, when Yusuf’s father is scheduled to appear in court for final judgment.
Nasir, on the other hand, counseled Yunusa to seek forgiveness and blessings from her parents and relatives.