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Kano child bride convicted for murder regains freedom

Kano child bride, Rahma Hussein has been pardoned 7 years after she was convicted for killing her husband. 

Hussein who was arrested 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, was convicted in 2018 by Justice R.A. Sadik. 

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.

Musbahu Kofar-Nassarawa, spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Centre (NCoS) in Kano state who addressed newsmen on Saturday August 28, 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 culminated into committing 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.

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