100 females orphaned by bandits to be married off by Niger Speaker

Barrister Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, has announced that 100 female orphans who lost their parents to banditry assaults in Niger State’s Mariga Local Government Area will be married off this month.

The Speaker, who promised to pay the bridegrooms’ dowries and to provide all of the supplies required for good marriage to the 100 girls, stated that their comfort in their matrimonial homes has been taken care of just like any other child who marries in the Islamic way.

The Speaker, who represents Mariga Constituency, did not disclose the age range of the girls but stated that the girls who would be married off were carefully selected from the 170 girls whose names were submitted.

Speaking to newsmen in Minna, Sarkindaji said the project would be part of his constituency empowerment project, adding that it was being done with the best of intentions and would serve as a way of ameliorating the sufferings of the poor.

He also said the Niger State Governor Mohammed Umar Bago and the Emir of Kontagora Alhaji Mohammed Barau would serve as guardians to the female orphans who would be married off.

The Kano state Commander General of the Hisbah Board, Sheikh Aminu Daurawa, is expected to attend the event slated for May 24 at Bangi, the headquarters of Mariga Local Government Area.

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