Two couple who met on Facebook group and decided to get married have gotten themselves into trouble as Hizbah Board in Kano state, moves to arrest and prosecute them.
According to BBC Hausa, the 29-year-old man identified as Sanusi Abdullahi revealed that the marriage was contracted after he sent a N20,000 dowry following the girl’s marriage proposal to him.
“We were just chatting on a Facebook page with other group members when the girl proposed that I should marry her and I accepted, after a while she sent in another message that she had got a Wali (representative of her parents) that would give her out in marriage, and a friend of mine said he would be my representative. We agreed on a N20,000 dowry, and then the Islamic legal marital agreement was entered into by our representatives.”
He added that rumours of him being married after the dowry was paid, forced them to consult some Islamic scholars.
“We made some inquiries and some ulamas confirmed the marriage, saying all the prerequisites of marriage were fulfilled. But when we contacted Sheikh Ibrahim Daurawa, he said the marriage was invalid since there was no consent of parents of the bride.”
The 29-year-old man, further revealed that the parents of the girl he got ‘married’ to on Facebook are not happy with him, owing to the fact that their daughter had already gotten a suitor who was coming in few months time.
In reaction to this, the spokesman of Kano State Shari’ah Commission, Sanusi Muhammad, said the commission had directed the Hizbah board to arrest them in order to serve as a deterrent.
“What they did is against the dictates of Shari’ah and the next line of action after their arrest is to arraign them before a court of law for prosecution,” he said.