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Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by SoNature(m): 7:39pm On May 14
The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, has begun moves to stop the plan by the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, to marry off 100 orphaned girls in the state.

She said on Monday that she had reported the case to the police by petitioning the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, and sought a court injunction to stop the plan pending the completion of investigations.

Mr Sarkindaji announced his plan to marry off the orphaned girls, who lost their parents due to banditry attacks in Mariga Local Government Area.

The official, who slated the mass wedding to take place on 24 May, said the plan was part of his constituency projects.

He said the gesture was “aimed at alleviating the suffering of the impoverished,” pledging to pay the dowries for the bridegrooms and have procured materials for the mass marriage.

Full scale investigation

But the women affairs minister, Ms Kennedy-Ohanenye, while briefing journalists in Abuja, described the plans as “unacceptable” emphasising that a full-scale investigation has commenced on the issue.

“I want to let the honorable Speaker of the House of Assembly in Niger State to know that this is totally unacceptable by the Federal Minister of Women Affairs and by the government. Totally unacceptable!

“Because there is something called the Child’s Right Act and I said it from the outset, that is, no more business as usual.

“These children must be considered. Their future must be considered. The future of the children to come out of their marriage must be considered.

“So I have gone to court. I have written him a letter and written a petition to the IG (Inspector General) of Police.

”And I have filed for injunction to stop him from whatever he is planning to do on the 24th (May), until a thorough investigation is carried out on those girls, find out whether they gave their consent, their ages, find out the people marrying them,” she said.

Girl child education
The minister also emphasised the need to ensure girl-child education.

“As the speaker did not think about empowering these women or sending them to school or giving them some kind of training support financially.

“The women affairs have decided to take it up and we are going to educate the children.


“Those that do not want to go to school, we will train them in a skill, empower them with sustainable empowerment machines to enable that child build his or her life and make-up her mind who and when to get married.

”If for any reason the Speaker tries to do contrary to what I have just mentioned there will be a serious legal battle between him and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs,” she said.

The minister further emphasised within the Child Rights Act, every child belongs to the state, hence the rights of every child will be protected from harm, violence or anything that will infringe on their rights.

Source: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/gender/694295-minister-files-suit-petitions-police-against-plan-to-marry-off-100-orphans-in-niger.html

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by SoNature(m): 7:41pm On May 14
Nigerian politicians are mean. He calls marrying off those girls his constituency project 😂😂

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by Beremx(f): 7:43pm On May 14
The minister did well. Why not train the girls in vocation and empower them afterwards?

Hausa people sef. This cannot happen in the south nau! Haba

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by VeeVeeMyLuv(m): 7:48pm On May 14
This Minister is really trying

She is very active and hardworking

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by CilicMarin: 7:58pm On May 14
This one wan do notice me..

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by LadyExcellency: 7:58pm On May 14
A Southerner should not poke their nose in Northern Affairs. Same country, with different laws and different ways of life.

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by article1: 8:03pm On May 14
In the course of investigation the Speaker's children's age should also be checked to know at what age they get married if at all they've married

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by CilicMarin: 8:07pm On May 14
LadyExcellency:


Why so much hate on your kinsmen and women? Nnem gwaram na amụrụm gbagharam. Chọọ nna gi tupu igba isi awọ

I no understand your lingua, Mr.Man!

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by CodeTemplar: 9:00pm On May 14
Patience Ozokwo in politics?
Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by BeeBeeOoh(m): 9:00pm On May 14
shocked

Mr Sarkindaji announced his plan to marry off the orphaned girls, who lost their parents due to banditry attacks in Mariga Local Government Area.

The official, who slated the mass wedding to take place on 24 May, said the plan was part of his constituency projects.



Umunne m, ike agwugo dibia uwa

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by Hadone(m): 11:40pm On May 14
Atleast he cared for this girls more than the dubious minister. Many innocent young girls are into prostitution, did the minister wrote IGP about it? Had it been this girls are also into prostitution, the dubious minister will not raise alarm. We're now in a society and situation where some people value prostitution beyond marriage. Nobody will marry them off due to orphanage situation they found themselves. The Speaker now took a bold step to shoulder the responsibility of their deceased parents, but some one who don't even care for them is now trying to frustrate his efforts

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by hoilhuzshi: 6:00am On May 15
What is this womans job is this part of it?

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by Emu4life(m): 6:01am On May 15
LadyExcellency:
A Southerner should not poke their nose in Northern Affairs. Same country, with different laws and different ways of life.
Keep quiet!! She's Nigeria's Minister of Women Affair. She has every right.
Nothing like Northerners, Southerners here.

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by sexiestharam(f): 6:01am On May 15
hoilhuzshi:
What is this womans job is this part of it?
All Nigerian women are her constituents. She is doing the right thing.

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by helinues: 6:01am On May 15
Marrying them off? Is that an empowerment program?

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by TechBaron: 6:04am On May 15
Lol

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by SafariHunter(m): 6:05am On May 15
I like the guts on the woman. Dishing it out hot hot

Fear North!!!!!

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by DirtyAfonjas: 6:07am On May 15
CilicMarin:
This one wan do notice me..
Animal, na Una people
Very backward idiots

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by ukaegbuikedia: 6:08am On May 15
Imagine, marrying off 100 young and succulent girls is now a constituency project. This marriage will be sponsored with government money. shocked shocked

This northerners are brainless. undecided

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by ddippset(m): 6:09am On May 15
Hadone:
Atleast he cared for this girls more than the dubious minister. Many innocent young girls are into prostitution, did the minister wrote IGP about it? Had it been this girls are also into prostitution, the dubious minister will not raise alarm. We're now in a society and situation where some people value prostitution beyond marriage. Nobody will marry them off due to orphanage situation they found themselves. The Speaker now took a bold step to shoulder the responsibility of their deceased parents, but some one who don't even care for them is now trying to frustrate his efforts
Do you know the meaning of "marry OFF"?

It means sending these girls to men they probably don't even know, men who are probably much older,

Even if a Northern girl is to marry early, why must she be married off to a man she doesn't know? Or a man she doesn't want to be with.

Is that not child slavery or even child trafficking?

So you want to switch prostitution for trafficking?

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by AcadaWriter: 6:14am On May 15
This one wan do notice me..
Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by Houseontherock1: 6:15am On May 15
Before marrying off the girls; have they given up on going to school further? Learning a trade? Has the state government tried establishing those with some skills? Were they consulted on the issue of marriage and is it with their consent? The minister is right on this one. The Minister's face looks scary and I hope it scares the speaker away from the girls undecided

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by Nahunger(m): 6:17am On May 15
grin

We country people and misplaced priorities, who told them marriage is the problem of the orphans or solutions to their problems.

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by khalling2008: 6:18am On May 15
Mrs minister, mind your southern prostitute business, don't poke nose Into northern affairs. Go to Libya and see a young Southerner girl who traffics to Libya for prostitutes, you have nothing to say about them but you have the guts to go to court for those who want to marry

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by Eriokanmi: 6:19am On May 15
Another reason other nations would laugh at us. Will the marriage make them comfortable or throw them further into poverty? Who will take care of their children? The last time I checked, most of their husbands are maigworo( those hawking colanut on their shoulders to survive).

Sadly, some of the wouid-be husbands already had multiple wives at home. Human beings mean nothing in the north. Why not empower them or enrol them in vocational studies instead so that by the time they're eventually married, they'd be able to support their husbands. The north and forced marriage shaa. Relics of a lost age.

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by Edzy: 6:25am On May 15
Incompetent minister, when bandits killed their parents, she did not know about any child right act to Carter or fend for them.
These are girls who are ripe for marriage, but because their parents are dead there was no one to marry them off. Muslims can never choose prostitution over marriage. Hypocrites!

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Re: Minister Files Suit, Petitions Police Against Plan To Marry Off 100 Orphans by tommy589(m): 6:25am On May 15
It was this same hot air when Yerima married the 13 years old girl. I am waiting to see if the marriage won't hold on the fixed date

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