Ondo Court Stops Man From Marrying 16-Year-Old Schoolgirl As 9th Wife

An Ondo State Family Court sitting in Akure has stopped the forced marriage between Alhaji Yusuf Lateef and a 16-year old secondary school girl.

According to Ondo Stare Radiovision Corporation (OSRC), the court presided over by Justice Aderemi Adegoroye, ordered the return of the girl to her family for proper care and education and warned Lateef to stay away from her.

Alhaji Lateef had approached one of his members, Mr and Mrs Olasunkanmi, in 2019, when their daughter was 15-year-old, and sought her hand in marriage. Despite the girl’s protest, her parents forced her to accept the proposal and a day was fixed for the marriage.

However, the girl, in connived with her elder brother, Quadri and fled their Ore home on her wedding day. They went to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Akure, where she was sheltered and legal works began to stop the marriage.

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

The court eventually ruled that the girl be returned to her parents and Alhaji Lateef be made to sign an undertaking to stay away from her as well as ensure no harm comes her way.

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