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Nigerian Child Bride Charged for Killing Husband



Wasila Umaru Bella Naija

Wasila Umaru, the 14-year-old child bride who killed her 35-year-old husband and his friends because she was forced into marriage (if you missed this story, click here) has been charged for culpable homicide.

Wasila was charged on Monday before Rijiyar Zaki Magistrates’ Court in Kano, Vanguard reports.

However, she has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The case has been adjourned till May 12th. Until then, she will be remanded in prison custody.

Watch Wasila’s confession:

Photo Credit: Vanguard

Video Credit: Channels Television


  1. Kiki

    April 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Are we really serious in Africa, this little girl needs some psychological counselling and she’s been reprimanded in custody!!!

  2. odior

    April 15, 2014 at 10:56 am

    She is 14 years for goodness sakes………….

  3. rynyx

    April 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

    U can actually put a 14 year old in prison? isn’t she a minor? I have to brush up my idea of the law. there is something just really wrong with this arrangement. waaaoooooooh.

  4. Temi Tope Adebayo

    April 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    We have to help this girl!! Let us involve the Human rights NGO’s!! I feel sorry for this poor child. This is inadmissible ! How could we? How dare we?

  5. ade

    April 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    The age of criminal responsibility in Nigeria is 7. In most countries its between 7 and 12. This “little girl” committed premeditated murder. What do we expect the law to do? buy her ice-cream and read her bed time stories? That she was pushed to do this by a society that failed her is absolutely sad but then we must draw a line somewhere. If we dont, every criminal can justify their actions on the premise that this sorry society of ours have let them down. Afterall in a perfect society Lady Justice should be blind and cant see that she is “only 14”.

    • Miss_Flygerian

      April 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Well said.

    • RIRI

      April 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      ya ya ya but she should not be put in prison .. she should be held somewhere else.. she is 14 for Gods sakes . she needs counselling . she shouldnt be alone in prison.. no one deserves to die but those perves tho ….lemme hush now lol

    • Aibee

      April 15, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      While the age of criminal responsibility may be 7, had she committed a similar offence in a non-Sharia/Islamic law territory, she will be tried as a juvenile and sentenced to a remand home, if at all she is convicted. My angst is with her being tried as an adult, given the extenuating circumstances she was faced with.

    • Iris

      April 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      The law was made by man. Man was not made by the law. You are talking as if we are in a society where she will be treated like a human being when she is in prison. Only God knows if she won’t be raped while she’s there for not lying on her back for the rest of her life and being used like a rag doll against her will.. This girl has been raped under the name of marriage. Picture it happening to your daughter or your sister at 14 and tell me if you can come and talk about the fairness of the law in a society where the law is twisted for criminals. What the law should be doing is examining the results of what so called “traditional and religious laws” do to its most vulnerable population.
      PS: BN when will we be able to go back to commenting without having to fill in details every time?

  6. Mariaah

    April 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Somebody should please help this girl. Please don’t let her waste away in jail. She is just 14, a minor. Yes she committed a crime; murder.

    Girl-child groups, female lawyers, women rights activists..

  7. Aibee

    April 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Let me put this story in legal context for fellow BN readers.

    Under Islamic Law, a married female is considered an adult, regardless of her age. Thus this 14 year old child will be tried as an adult and most likely get the full sentence for murder – death or life imprisonment.

    Remember last year when the National Assembly was reviewing the Constitution and they came to Section 29 of the1999 Constitution (which deals with renunciation of citizenship by adult Nigerians). The Amendment proposed by the Senate was the deletion of the clause “a woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age” thus restricting adulthood to 18 and above. Senator Ahmed Yerima of Zamfara opposed that Amendment on the grounds that under Islamic Law, a woman who is married is indeed of full age, regardless of her age. Thus this married 14 year old child would be considered an adult under Islamic/Sharia Law. That is the state of our laws as it stands at the moment.

    My heart bleeds for this girl. I hope this teaches parents to not put their children in such dire straits that they feel the only alternative left is to commit murder. Imagine the sorrow and desperation she must have felt when she committed this sad crime.

    • efjay

      April 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Actually she is not an adult, she was forced into marriage, so technically according to Islamic law, that marriage is void, meaning it never took place to begin with. You can’t give anyone away without their consent, the moment one party refuses the marriage, that’s it!

  8. @edDREAMZ

    April 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I just hope other dudes going for younger brides will really learn there lessons and the gal is too young to be going through all this drama i swear…..

  9. constant

    April 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    She is Just one more victim of childs marriage,this is what happens when people use religión as a cover for what they do wrong

  10. ade

    April 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    One of the main reasons why Nigeria as a nation is the way it is today is because we Nigerians on a general level cannot draw a line between our emotions and logic. We criticise our leaders in public for helping themselves to the public purse and privately berate anyone who exhibits any sense of integrity. “The guy na mumu, why he no chop the money”?
    Ahmed Yerima, the poster boy for all Nigerian paedophiles is an ignorant and evil man and he would get his comeuppance someday soon.
    Wasila Umaru is a unfortunate girl who was let down by her family and the society she was born into. However she’s committed MURDER. She killed 4 people. I repeat, 4 PEOPLE.

    • Iris

      April 15, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Correction: She killed four paedophiles. Murder is murder but she killed four paedophiles. Anyone who goes to celebrate glorified paedophila – friend or no friend – is a paedophile. They are not examining the underlying issue of WHAT will cause a 14 year old to commit murder. Instead they will send her to prison and stone her to death so that the next 14 year old will KNOW that she has no choice but to marry whatever perverted animal her cruel parent sell her to.

  11. kokie

    April 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Not supporting or encouraging what she did and I think that should be addressed, but it hopefully will give these pedophiles some pause on kidnapping someone child for legal abuse

  12. NNENNE

    April 16, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Poor girl! My heart goes out to her.

  13. Sunshine

    April 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Stella Damasus please help…..

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