Ondo Court stops cleric from marrying 16 yrs old girl as 9th wife

Justice Aderemi Adegoroye of an Akure Family court in Ondo state, has stopped a Muslim cleric, Alhaji Yusuf Lateef, from taking a 16-year-old girl as his 9th wife.

According to reports, Lateef had approached the parents of the girl in 2019 when she was 15 to seek her hand in marriage.

The cleric

Despite protests by the teenager, her parents forced her to accept the proposal, and a day was fixed for the wedding.

The teenager fled their Ore home on the day fixed for the wedding with support from her brother to Akure, the state capital.

She was said to have gone to the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to report her parents.

She was sheltered and legal works began to stop the marriage.

Alhaji Lateef and the girl’s parents were arraigned at the Family Court for breaching Part three of the 2007 Ondo State Child Rights Law.

On Friday May 22, judgment was delivered.

The court ruled that the girl must be returned to her parents, and Alhaji Lateef be made to sign an undertaking to stay away from her.

The court ruled that the girl must be returned to her parents, and Alhaji Lateef be made to sign an undertaking to stay away from her.

Published by Wonderlady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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