The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) Adamawa State Command has arrested a 19-year-old woman, Rumasa’u Muhammed, of Wuro Yanka Village in Shelleng Local Government Area for allegedly stabbing her husband to death.
As gathered, Rumasa’u stabbed her lover to death barely one month of marriage after her several pleas to dissolve the marriage was refuted by the late husband identified as Muhammed Adamu.
It was learnt that the enstranged wife had initially rejected the alleged arranged marriage from her parents and explained that she was not in love with Adamu but to no avail.
Confirming the development,the state’s Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Alhaji, through a statement by the Command’s spokesperson, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the incident on Wednesday in Yola.
”The suspect was arrested on Monday for allegedly stabbing her husband, Muhammed Adamu, 35 to death after seeking for divorce. Investigation so far reveals, that the suspect was forcefully married to the deceased by her parents against her will on August 6,” Nguroje said.
He said that the commissioner has given a directive for a discreet investigation into the matter. ”The Commissioner has equally advised members of the public to stop forcing their wards into early and forceful marriages. In the same vein, the Commissioner, has directed for immediate prosecution of the suspect so as to serve as deterrence to others,” he said.
Also, a family source, who pleaded to remain anonymous, said: ”the girl demanded that her late husband divorce her peacefully since she was not interested in the marriage, he refused.
”Angered by this after several requests, she picked up a knife and stabbed him in the stomach. He was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.“
While reacting to the incident, an Islamic Scholar in Yola, Ustaz, Abdullah Hamman, said that forceful marriage has no place in Islam.
”According to Islam, parents have rights to choose for their children a good family to marry from but at same time, Islam does not encourage forced marriages,” Hamman said.
He stressed the need for the parents to desist from force marriage saying, such practice was causing a lot of harm in the society.