Allegedly abducted girl denies being kidnapped, forced into marriage

Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Usman
Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini UsmanEmir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Usman

A 17-year-old Habiba Tanko who is entangled in controversy over alleged forceful conversion to Islam and marriage in Katsina has denied being abducted saying, “I took all decisions of my own volition.”

Speaking before a joint committee session with officials of Katsina Emirate, Christian Association of Nigeria (NAN) Katsina chapter, and security personnel, Habiba said, “I chose on my own to become a Muslim and relocated to the emir’s palace for fear of what I might go through and the threat coming from my parents; i was never abducted.”

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Also speaking, the Kauran Katsina, Nuhu Abdulkadir, said the palace was disturbed giving several unwelcome remarks from national CAN and the parents of the girl.

In his remarks, the state chairman of CAN, Very Reverend Nelson Onyekachuku, said the situation was confusing and it would need commitment from all towards resolving the issue.

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