14-Year-Old Girl Forced Into Child Marriage Kills Her 35-Year-Old Husband

| by Amanda Schallert

A teenage girl in northern Nigeria who was forced to marry a 35-year-old man is set to go on trial for poisoning him this week.

Wasila Tasi’u, 14, allegedly comitted the murder at her wedding party, a week after she was married to Umaru Sani, according to

"She did it because she was forced by her parents to marry a man she did not love," said Musa Magaji Majia, the Kano State police spokesman, to AFP.

Underage girls marrying older men is common in the area where Tasi’u lives. Child marriage has been a controversial topic in the region over the past year. Under the sharia Islamic law in the area, the marriage of underage girls is allowed.

Although police say that Tasi’u has confessed to the crime, the girl’s lawyer, Hussaina Aliyu, said she hasn’t.

Aliyu said that she is trying to get the case transferred to a court for juveniles, but officials in Kano have not allowed the girl to be treated as a minor.

"All we are saying is do justice to her,” said Aliyu, a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers. “Treat the case as it is. Treat her as a child."