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Forced Marriage: Kano Teenager Who Killed Husband Gets State Pardon

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Rahma Hussein who hailed from Kano who was convicted of murder has been released by Kano State as confirmed by the federal government.

The child bride at the age of 16 in 2014, was charged with culpable homicide after killing her husband in a protest against her forced marriage.

She stabbed her deceased husband, Tijjani Basiru to death at the Darmanawa quarters in Tarauni Local Government Area.

Rahma’s father married her off to Tiijani but just after three days, he (Tiijani) attempted a canal knowledge which gave birth to a pandemonium and consequently to his death.

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Umar Gwandu, spokesman to Justice Minister, in a statement announced that Rahma and 30 other inmates were released from the Kano correctional centre.

According to Gwandu, the Presidential Committee on Correctional Centres Reform and Decongestion visited the facility.

Though, the team paid fines for inmates who were convicted of minor offences and also reviewed “peculiar cases”.

This was how they were released: “Nineteen were released after payment of fines by the Justice Ministry; 3 freed after payment by the Buni Yadi Foundation; 2 released after payment by Policy Vault Africa. Seven were freed due to old age.”

The spokesman said the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) called the attention of committee chairman, Justice I. U. Bello (rtd) to Rahma’s case.

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“Representatives of UNODC and Buni Yadi Foundation were also present to lend their voice and support to the release of Rahma”, the statement said.

Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State has promised that the state government will support her rehabilitation process.

The presidential body has so far facilitated and secured the release of more than 10,000 inmates.

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