The Committee on Prison Reforms and Decongestion has freed Rahma Hussein, a young woman accused of killing her husband to protest her forced marriage.
In 2014, Hussein, then 16, was arrested and charged to a High Court in Kano State for stabbing her husband to death, barely 24 hours after their wedding.
In 2018, Justice R. A. Sadik ordered her “detained at the pleasure of the governor of the state” because she was forcefully married and committed the offence at the age of 16.
The spokesperson, Kano correctional centre, Musbahu Kofar-Nasarawa, in a statement on Saturday, August 28, said Ms Hussein’s release on Friday was “based on the recommendation from the officials of the correctional centre who attested to her sound character.”
The committee also advised Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who holds the power of prerogative of mercy on her judgement, to consider the circumstances that led her to commit the offence and grant her pardon.