Niger Speaker to Marry off 100 Females Orphaned by Banditry

The Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, has disclosed that 100 female orphans who lost their parents in banditry attacks in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State will be given out in marriage this month.

The Speaker, who pledged to pay the dowries for the bridegrooms, has procured all the materials needed for proper marriage to the 100 girls, stated that their comfort in their marital homes has been taken care of like any other child who gets married 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 easing the sufferings of the poor.

He also said that 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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