Child bride cases have been reported in Nigeria over the years but there seems to be no appropriate punishment for anyone who engages in such acts. However, this form of union is common in the northern part of the country.
A Facebook user Chibuzor Ikeh on Tuesday, January 29, shared several pictures and videos of an elderly man who got married to a 16-year-old girl in Anambra state. She described the man to be around 56-year-old. Ikeh added that the man is very rich while the family of the little girl is poor.
According to her, the family of this girl did not waste time in giving out their daughter’s hand in marriage to the wealthy man. Looking at the video, the girl was made to perform all the traditional marital rites.
Ikeh’s post reads: “This man in the picture carrying this girl on his leg is by name Izuchukwu Igwilo from the well-known very rich Igwilo family in Ozubulu Anambra State. He will be at least 56 years old, now his family wants to marry a wife for him and they got this small girl for him. A 16 years old girl, This girl is from a very poor family... POVERTY IS A VERY BIG BASTARD. The family of this small girl did not waste time to hand over their daughter to Izu's family just because the Igwilo family are very rich. This girl is under age for Heaven sake. This is completely evil. Yes a big evil because Izu will not be the one to be servicing this girl because he cannot do anything. This girl will turn to a sex slave to that family and the community (Everybody will just be collecting their own share). Devil shame on you. I know that they brainwashed this girls family that the girl will take care of Izu's large share of land's and other properties, but that will not make them to destroy this little girls future.”
The same picture was also shared on Facebook by one Princess Chuks with the caption: "If you know them please tell them congrats I don't know where to start or how to say it,if I mention the state now fight go start,I de greet una ohh... Una congrats ohh."
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Legit.ng earlier reported that a 70-year-old man identified as Alhaji Yakubu (Nafsi-Nafsi) married an underage girl in Lapai local government area of Niger state on December 10, 2018. A certain Facebook user in the name of Aliyu Umar shared the photos on his page and congratulated Alhaji Yakubu for successfully marrying the young girl who many are claiming is barely 15 years of age.
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