13-yr-old girl saved from being married off to 40-yr- old man

A 13-year-old girl who would have been married
off to a 40-year-old man was saved by the Human
Rights Commission.

But for the intervention of the National Human
Rights Commission (NHRC), a 13-year-old primary
five pupil of the Police Officers Wives Association
Primary School in Abuja, the Federal Capital
Territory, would be a married woman today after
her parents had concluded arrangements for her
to get married » to a 40-year-old man as a third
wife.
But acting on a tip off by concerned neighbours of
the girl’s parents, the Commission swung into
action and stormed the man’s house during the
ceremony and invited all parties involved to their
office for interrogation, including the man identified
as Ibrahim.
After interrogation, the commission cited relevant
laws to back its decision to stop the marriage
including sections 21, 22, 23 of the Child Rights Act
2003 which prohibits child marriage » or betrothal
and also punishes the offence with five years
imprisonment or an option of N500,000 fine.
The Executive Secretary of the commission,
Professor Ben Angwe, while referring the matter to
the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, for
prosecution, expressed the determination of the
commission to ensure the implementation of the
Child Rights Act and its enforcement against all
persons irrespective of their status or religious
belief.
Culled from: pulse.ng

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