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16-Year-Old Nigerian Bride Ordered To Refund N570,000 Dowry Over Marriage Fraud

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16-Year-Old Nigerian Bride Ordered To Refund N570,000 Dowry Over Marriage Fraud

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Jan 28, 2013 – 16-Year-Old Nigerian Bride Ordered To Refund N570,000 Dowry Over Fraudulent Marriage In Abuja

A Nigerian court based in the capital Abuja has ordered a 16-year-old girl, Maryam Suleiman, and her parents to refund N570,000(about $4,000) to her husband, Mukailu Naibi, over a fraudulent marriage.

The judge in the Area Court sitting in Lugbe, Haruna Masanawa, ruled that Suleiman and her parents must refund the money to Naibi within 30 days. Masanawa also ordered that Naibi’s estranged wife, who had filed for divorce, must remain married to him pending the full refund of the amount.

“Based on the evidence before me, the court is convinced that the plaintiff’s parents are dubious people that no child should be proud of. They collected money from different suitors, all with the fraudulent intention of marrying their daughter out to them; all of which turned out to be fake promises.

“This honourable court hereby orders the plaintiff to pay the defendant the sum of N570,000 before divorce is granted to her,’’ Masanawa said.

Naibi of Keke village, Kaduna, whose wife allegedly starved him of sex for two years of their marriage, had demanded N1. 2 million as compensation from the wife’s parents before he would agree to his wife’s request for divorce.

Naibi, 37, while testifying in the case, said the amount covered the bride price he paid before marrying Suleiman.

He told the court that the amount also covered the cost of damage done to his house after Suleiman set it on fire before filing for divorce. Naibi tendered written documents with records of all expenses made on his estranged wife and her parents, in addition to presenting a witness who testified in his favour.

He told the court that his wife had refused to make love to him since they got married two years ago.

“Your worship, since we got married two years ago, my wife never allowed me to make love to her for once and all my attempts to do it always led to fighting.

“I married her out of love and I still love her, but with this development, I have no choice, but to ask the court to grant her divorce wish for the sake of peace,” Naibi said.

In her testimony, Suleiman said her husband had made love to her once but she was not impressed and so wanted divorce.

“I don’t love him; I don’t love anybody who bears his name and I hate anybody who loves him,” she told the court.

Naibi’s in-laws denied most of his claims. [source]



  1. Helen monday

    January 29, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    How can a 37 years old man marry a 16yrs? Dat’s child abuse now u want her 2 play a wifey roles wen all her mates are in skool. Manage anythin u see cos dat’s wat u want. Lol

  2. ugochi

    January 29, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    U marry a girl another sleeping with ha what is it called division of labour 2yrs no be moi moi o

  3. U6me2

    January 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Wonder shall never ends. See how parent are using their daughter as a trade. See parent will be good in trade. @the husband. Since u discovered the wife is after your money,you should not have marry her. @ the wife who force you to marry her @ ur age u sud be in skul. Wat a life

  4. Ikegod

    January 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    She’s a foolish gil, ws she forst 2 mary him in d frst plac? She supos 2 pay evn 4 d food she’s bn eatin sins dat mariag IDIOT.

  5. fam

    January 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    good judgement though the amount is too small but is a leason for her.stupid girl.

  6. Ba

    January 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM


  7. Folux

    February 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    The girl was probably married off against her wish. She is now 16, which means she was married off at 14. What else does the husband expect from a child bride who was yet to reach the age of consent,16,when they married? The girl is not to blame,but the parents should be made to refund the money to the man before he is charged for child abuse.

  8. Agastech

    March 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Hausawa marriage good 4 both of dem.

  9. Joe7

    July 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Hausawa people want under-age girls, because they want to enjoy ~virgin, small and tight pussy:*.After giving birth, they divorces them and go for another small-virgin holy pussy.~let him8-)suffer it.

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