“The Girl Is A Minor” -Muslim Group Calls For Arrest of Ese’s Abductor


The Muslim Rights Concern has called for the arrest of one Yinusa, who abducted Ese Oruru to Kano State.

The group, in a statement on Tuesday by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, commended the role of the Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi in the Ese Oruru affair.

MURIC stated, “ The police have also acted very professionally. Nonetheless, we demand that Yinusa, the ‘boy friend’ with whom the girl eloped should arrested and prosecuted.

“Our position is based on the fact that the girl is a minor. Attempting to marry off the girl without her parent’s permission is not only a breach of common law but also a violation of the Shariah provision on the need for the parents’ approval before nikah (Islamic marriage) can be deemed valid (La nikah bila waliyyin).”

“Of particular significance in this regard is the express command in the Glorious Qur’an that women should be married with the permission of their parents. The Qur’an says inter alia, “ …And marry them (i.e. women) with the permission of their parents(Qur’an 4:25).”

It noted that Yinusa Yellow’s intention was marriage inspired by love and not abduction for pecuniary benefits, the position of the law is quite different.

The group said, “The boyfriend cannot go scot free if it is established that he had had canal knowledge of the girl. In fact, his case is judiciable both before the Kano Shariah court and the Yenagoa court although the latter has the stronger jurisdiction. The girl should be properly examined in the hospital before being taken to Yenagoa.

“The fact that Yunusa is a Muslim cannot becloud our sense of justice. The Qur’an commands Muslims to “…Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses of Allah, even if the case is against yourselves, or your parents, or your family, and whether it is against a rich or poor man…” (Qur’an 4:135).”

MURIC said that it could not afford to be partisan, adding that a fellow Muslim, Yinusa, had violated the law and caused a Christian family to go through a traumatic period.

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