Ganduje’s Daughter, Asiya Seeks End To 16-Year-Old Marriage

  • Ready to refund N50,000 dowry only

The daughter of Kano State Governor, Asiya Balaraba Ganduje on Thursday told an Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Filing Hockey in Kano State that she is ready to refund her husband his N50,000 dowry and not any other thing as demanded by him.

Asiya Ganduje had filed a suit before the court seeking to dissolve her 16-year-old marriage with her husband, Inuwa Uba, and presented her claim through Islamic Khuli principles, due to her being “fed up with the marriage”.

Asiya and her estranged husband

Also, she told the Court of her readiness to return his N50,000 dowry to him as it is prescribed by Islamic jurisprudence that a woman had to pay the husband his dowry before the marriage can be dissolved.

However, reacting to his wife’s submission before the court, Mr Uba insisted that he still loves her and pleaded that she comes back to him.

When the matter came up for hearing on Thursday, counsel to Ganduje’s-in-law, Uba led by Barrister Umar I. Umar insisted that the issue is not all about her paying back the dowry but there is a condition she has to comply with before the marriage is dissolved.

“The issue is not only for her to pay back the dowry of N50,000. There are a lot of his belongings with her, which include his credentials, certificates of his properties, and his cars. Above all, we want her to relinquish her right of possession in a joint venture of one rice milling company”.

But Counsel to the plaintiff, led by Barrister Ibrahim Aliyu Nassarawa, maintained they will only be paying the N50,000 dowry and advised the defendant to file another suit before another court for his claims if he so desires.

According to the plaintiff’s counsel; “We want him to understand that the khul’i is based on the actual subject matter of the marriage which is dowry. His dowry was N50,000 and we say we are giving him N50,O00. But we are not going to abide by his conditions. All these issues are the subject matter of this suit.

“If he wants these claims, he should file another suit before another court. And we are saying that she is not willing to relinquish her right in the rice milling company. We are giving him what he gave us as dowry but we are not giving him what is not his own.”

Meanwhile, the judge, Khadi Abdullahi Halliru has adjourned the case to 2nd February 2023 for judgment.

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