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Ondo Court Stops Cleric’s Forced Marriage To Teenager

A 16-year old secondary school student (names withheld) has been reunited together with her parents after an Akure family court stopped her forced marriage to an Islamic Cleric identified as Alhaji Yusuf Lateef.


The court presided over by Justice Aderemi Adegoroye ordered the return of the girl to her family for proper care and education amd warned Lateef to remain faraway from her.

Lateef was to make the teenager who was 15 in 2019 his 9th wife.
It was gathered that Alhaji Lateef had approached the girl’s parents and sought her hand in marriage in 2019.

Despite protest by the teenager, her parents forced her to simply accept the proposal and a day was fixed for the marriage.

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

She was said to have visited the Ministry of women Affairs and Social Development where she was sheltered and legal works began to prevent the marriage.

Alhaji Lateef and also the girl’s parents were arraigned at the court for breeching Part three of the 2007 Ondo State Child Rights Law.

After hearing from the defendants, the court ruled that the girl be returned to her parents and Alhaji Lateef be made to sign an undertaking to remain faraway from her also as ensure no harm comes her way.

Ondo Commissioner for women Affairs and Social Development, Titilola Adeyemi, said it had been victory for youngsters in the state.

“We are excited the matter has gone that way. which will be a warning to everybody that it’s no to child marriage in Ondo State. Child marriage is denying a toddler her future. We must certify we work for the child to understand her future.”

The girl said she intended to further her education also as be an honest woman within the future.

She was handed back to her parents after staying faraway from her parents for one month and also the Cleric was warned to remain faraway from her henceforth.


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