The incident came to pass a week after Wasilu Umaru, 14 married 35 year old Umaru Sani.
Superintendent Musa Magaji Majia told upon inviting a dozen friends to celebrate the marriage Wasily Umaru then dosed the poison in a rice dish.
Having eaten the dish, the girl’s new husband, Sani would later die that day as would three of his friends, including Nasiru Mohammed and Alhassan Alhassan, while another female victim, Indo Ibrahim, died in hospital hospital while receiving treatment.
Ten others who also ate the food were treated at the hospital and released.
The girl would later admit that she bought the poison, referred to as Shinkafa Bera at a local market.
Said Superintendent Musa Magaji Majia: ‘The suspect confessed to committing the crime and said she did it because she was forced to marry a man she did not love.’
The young girl is is cooperating with police and will likely be charged with culpable homicide, told the superintendent.
Child marriage is common in Nigeria and especially in the mainly Muslim and impoverished north, where the numbers increase in times of drought because a bride price is paid and it means one less mouth to feed.
According to the United Nations Population Fund, ‘early marriage’ is a common practice in largely Muslim northern Nigeria, where 48 percent of girls are married by 15 and 78 percent are married by 18. Only two percent of married girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are in school, and 73 percent of married girls are functionally illiterate.
Fifty percent of Nigerian girls living in rural areas are married before they turn 18, according to the U.N. children’s agency.
Child brides suffer difficult pregnancies and can often die in childbirth, the leading cause of death worldwide for girls aged 15 to 19.
They are also much more likely to contract AIDS and be subjected to domestic violence, according to the International Center for Research on Women.
But the ruling is often ignored in favour of Islamic Shariah law that holds in most northern states.
To date there are no recorded incidents of men being prosecuted in Nigeria for marrying a child.
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