Court Rejects Motion to Drop Murder Charges against Kano Child Bride

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A Nigerian court on Tuesday rejected a motion to have murder charges against a child bride accused of killing her husband dismissed, saying there was enough evidence for the case to proceed.

Wasila Tasi'u was 14 when she married Umar Sani, 35, in Nigeria's deeply conservative, mainly Muslim north last year, and could face the death penalty if convicted of using rat poison to kill him.
"I am of the opinion that there is a case against the accused," High Court Judge
Mohammed Yahaya said. "As such, I overrule the submission of no-case from the defence counsel."

Tasi'u's lawyers had argued that the state failed to establish her intent to kill Sani and questioned the reliability of a key prosecution witness.

The witness, a seven-year-old girl named Hamziyya who was identified as the sister of Sani's other wife, testified that Tasi'u gave her money to buy the poison on April 5 last year, the day Sani died.

The defence said that relying on testimony from a minor contravened Nigeria's Evidence Act and that the state's case should therefore be thrown out.

The families of both the deceased and the accused have rejected claims that she was forced to marry a man more than twice her age, noting that 14 was an appropriate age to marry and that Tasi'u chose Sani from a range of suitors.

Some locals have called for Tasi'u to face stiff punishment to discourage other girls from taking similar action if they become unhappy in their marriage.

But rights activists have demanded that Tasi'u be rehabilitated as a victim of a forced marriage, which likely included incidents of rape.

AFP reports that Tasi'u has remained largely stoic through her appearances in court so far, crying when charges were first read against her, but otherwise sitting silently, often with her head bowed.

On Tuesday she stood quietly in the dock, with her head fully covered in a sky-blue hijab.

Sani died after eating food that Tasi'u allegedly prepared for a meal to celebrate their marriage. Three others who reportedly ate the food also died, but prosecutors have combined the three deaths into a single murder charge.

The state has concluded its case and following Tuesday's ruling the defence was instructed to move forward with its own evidence when the trial resumes on April 29.
Edwin628 at 10:45 AM, 22 Apr 15 (2 years ago)
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pity small girl
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DrSoba at 10:58 AM, 22 Apr 15 (2 years ago)
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Shaking my head.
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beneno at 11:34 AM, 22 Apr 15 (2 years ago)
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that man with the girl,s foto,see his fingers as them dirty,him no dey baff ?  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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Larry28 at 12:16 PM, 22 Apr 15 (2 years ago)
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Nawa
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discollins at 12:38 PM, 22 Apr 15 (2 years ago)
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What a mess!
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nemacris at 01:30 PM, 22 Apr 15 (2 years ago)
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please let how good president elect use is veto power to dismise the case. the is child abuse, the man who married her and the people that gave her in married should all be put in jail.well the man who married her has paid his price by eating rat pioson. the rest should be giving sneak poison in the jail.
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ngfineface at 01:49 PM, 22 Apr 15 (2 years ago)
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14 vs 35........just wickedness. Both her parents who gave her out and the families who went to seek her hand in marriage should be given another set of rat poison. What does that little girl know that is called marriage?
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echeeche at 02:19 PM, 22 Apr 15 (2 years ago)
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hnmm
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elchymo at 04:31 PM, 22 Apr 15 (2 years ago)
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Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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aroroghene at 05:24 PM, 22 Apr 15 (2 years ago)
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and those idiots that went visiting expecting babywife to serve them food,,,,i hope thry dont go visiting in where they are now...............
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elchymo at 08:09 PM, 19 Aug 15 (2 years ago)
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God help dis girl, she doesn't deserve dis suffering
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