Following a complaint of a bride who disappeared after her wedding, refusing to go to her husband’s home, the Niger State Police Command has arrested the bride’s parents and relation.
The arrest of the trio came after their son in-law, Shuaib Dauda, laid a complaint at the Police Station over the sudden disappearance of their daughter few hours after wedding. Confirming the report, Inspector Aliyu Lawal, officer-in-charge of Kaduna Road Police outpost in Suleja, said the incident occurred on May 6 when the bridegroom complained to the police that the people he sent to the bride’s home to fetch her, in accordance with the tradition, did not see her.
He however added that the footdragging by the brides’ family to deliver the bride to the bridegroom led to the disruption of peace in the area, hence their arrest.
Vanguard reported that the bride’s parent Mr Abubakar Haruna, popularly known as Zakiru and a resident of Hayi along Kaduna Road, disclosed that he gave out two daughters same day, Fiddausi to Dauda and Saliha to one Muhammadu Murtala.
According to him, Dauda and Murtala promised to comply with all the religious and traditional obligations such as the dowry and buying of clothes and boxes for the brides, before the marriage.
“After the wedding ceremony, Dauda said he could not afford to buy the clothes and boxes for the bride as promised earlier.
“Fiddausi, realising that Murtala (the husband to Saliha) had redeemed his promise and presented the traditional gifts and Dauda did not, ran away to the neighbouring house until her bridegroom fulfilled his own promise,” he said.
He further told newsmen that while they were searching for Fiddausi, the team sent by the bridegroom to fetch her to the matrimonial home hinted Dauda of the sudden disappearance of the bride. He claimed Dauda mobilised his friends, who stormed his compound, insisting that Fiddausi must be produced. In the process, they molested him and brutalised his wife, named Bayi.
“Some other female guests from Kano were also brutalised, food items and other valuables they brought for the wedding ceremony were stolen by the hoodlums who attacked us for our alleged failure to produce the bride,” Haruna said.
Haruna dismissed the allegation by the police that he was arrested for disrupting public peace in the community. Rather, he explained that the police asked him to refund N260,000 to Dauda, being the amount he spent on the marriage. According to him, when he failed to pay the money as demanded, he was detained together with his wife and his younger brother by the police.