A 14-year old girl who was forced to marry a 35-year old man a week ago prepared a poisoned meal that killed her new husband and three of his friends.
Police in Kano, Nigeria say that 14-year old Wasila Umaru admitted poisoning her husband’s meal with rat poison because she was forced to marry someone she did not love.
The man had invited over a dozen friends for the feast at his village, 100 kilometers from the northern Nigerian city of Kano. Three of them died from the poisoning, while 10 others were taken to hospital.
Police say the girl’s father forced her into the marriage. Though it is legal in the Muslim-dominated Northern Nigeria to marry underage girls, it is still not acceptable for the girls to be forced into marriage. For this reason, police may charge Wasila’s father.
But as for Wasila, Assistant police superintendent Musa Magaji Majia said she is cooperating with the investigation and may be charged with culpable suicide. If charged, she will be tried as a minor.
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