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Child Bride Who Killed Husband Regains Freedom

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A child bride in Kano identified as Rahma Hussein has been pardoned 7 years after she was convicted for the murder of her husband. 

Rahma Hussein was apprehended at the age of 16 in 2014 and charged to a high court in Kano for stabbing her husband to death a day after their wedding.

She was later convicted in 2018 by Justice R.A. Sadik. 

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Justice Sadik ordered that she be “detained at the pleasure of the governor of the state”, because she was forcefully married and committed the offence at the age of 16.

Spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Centre (NCoS) in Kano state Musbahu Kofar-Nassarawa, who addressed newsmen 7 years after the incident, said Hussein’s release was “based on the recommendation from the officials of the correctional centre who attested to her good behaviour”.

Kofar-Nassarawa further said that the officials also advised the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje to consider the circumstances that led her to commit the offence and grant her pardon. He said the governor obliged to the advice and granted her pardon.

Hussein expressed excitement after she was pardoned, thanking the committee, the governor and officials of the correctional centre for facilitating her freedom.

She said; 

“I’m grateful to the committee. The officials of the correctional centre, who recommended me to be a beneficiary of this gesture, may God reward you abundantly. I am also grateful to Governor Ganduje for his mercy on me. I am happy today.’’

Kano state’s Committee on Prison Reforms and Decongestion which played a role in the pardon, also paid fines of inmates with options of fines, paid compensations, and released those in critical health conditions, including the elderly.

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