Nigeria: Child bride poisons wedding feast, kills groom, other wedding guests

In Nigeria a child bride unhappy to be forced into a loveless marriage prepared a poisoned meal that killed the groom and three of his friends.

14-year-old Wasila Umaru says she used rat poison in the food because she was forced to marry a man she did not love, according to police.

Wasila admitted to putting the poison in a rice dish which killed her husband and three of his friends

AP reports the couple was married last week, and that the 35-year-old groom had invited a dozen friends to celebrate at his village 100 kilometres from the north Nigerian city of Kano over the weekend.

Assistant police superintendent Musa Magaji Majia said Thursday that the teenage suspect is co-operating with police and probably will be charged with culpable homicide.

Child marriage is common in Nigeria and especially in the mainly Muslim north, where Sharia law, which approves of the barbaric custom, is followed.

Early and forced marriage is classified as modern-day slavery by the U.N. labor organization, and Nigeria’s Child Rights Act prohibits marriage before 18. But that federal law competes with Islamic Sharia law that holds in most of Nigeria’s northern states.

 
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