The House of Representatives on Tuesday mandated its committees on Human Rights and Women Affairs to investigate the alleged abduction and forceful marriage of 14-year-old, Habiba Isa.
This was followed by a motion under matter of urgent public importance moved by Hon Raphael Igbokwe.
The lawmaker expressed concern on the abduction of the teenage girl, noting that Nigeria is a circular state and signatory to both the UN and African Charter on Right and Welfare of the child.
Hon Igbokwe pointed out that Section 21 of the Child Rights Act prohibits the marriage of a minor and any marriage so contracted “is null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”
He added that Section 27 of the Child Rights Act stipulate that “no person shall remove or take a child out of the custody or protection of his father or mother or guardian against the will of the father, mother or guardian.”