Nigeria child bride poisons husband forced on her


KANO, Nigeria – Police say a child bride forced into marriage in Nigeria prepared a poisoned meal that has killed her groom and three of his friends.

They quote 14-year-old Wasila Umaru as saying she used rat poison in the food because she was forced to marry a man she did not love.

The couple was married last week. The 35-year-old groom had invited a dozen friends to celebrate at his village 60 miles from the north Nigerian city of Kano over the weekend.

Child marriage is common in Nigeria and especially in the mainly Muslim north.

Assistant police superintendent Musa Magaji Majia said Thursday that the teenage suspect is cooperating with police and probably will be charged with culpable homicide.
But she’s just a child!!!


What she did was not right…but shes not solely to blame…i imagine she felt desperate and like she had no way out…

Those to blame are her ( now deceased )groom, his family and her family for forcing her to marry the man…if they hadnt forced this marriage upon her then the groom would be alive right now…

I find it sickening that they marry children…its disgusting and wrong…surely they can find a bride over the age of 18 or 21…


In our Western civilization less than 1000 years ago, many teens married older, established men, as soon as they were fertile. Several reasons came into play: an older man was established in career and financial security; a woman was likely to die in childbirth anyway, so get cracking early; have as many male children a possible to secure the title, name, or bloodline; political marriages arranged as soon as possible.

My point is: the Infidel West evolved beyond that, for many reasons. It seems that some Muslim theocratic nations (both national and tribal) haven’t.

Regarding this case, a 14 year old may be a child physically and emotionally (impulse control being one of those factors, but poison takes preparation and some serious premeditation), but her culture taught her about murder and its consequences.

Conversely, there is no easy answer when a child bride is a commodity. That crime in itself has a harsh fallout even without murder.


Sounds like slavery and slaves, IMO, have the right to do whatever is necessary to escape their masters.


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