What could be described as illicit secret sex scandal has been recorded against the just concluded mass wedding in Kano, as one of brides delivered a baby boy a day after the elaborate wedding ceremony in the state.
The bride, Habiba Inusa, allegedly concealed the pregnancy to her suitor during courtship, culminating into the period of the mass wedding, which involved 1,520 brides and grooms from the 44 local government areas of the state.
Mrs. Inusa allegedly stunned residents of Gangare, the organizer of the mass wedding, in Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano state, when she began labour a day after the wedding, and later put to bed with a bouncing baby boy.
It was also learnt that, in return, the enraged groom – one Babangida – allegedly forced Habiba out of his house with the baby. Our reporter also gathered that the person allegedly responsible for the pregnancy – one Kamalu – took to his heels when he got wind of the development.
Speaking at the reception organised in honour of the couples by the state government at its Coronation Hall on February 26, the Commander-General of the Kano State Hisbah Board, Aminu Daurawa, said the couples were carefully selected after undergoing series of screening. He said the couples had undergone medical tests and the grooms showed “proof of means” before the board approved of the marriage.
Mr Daurawa also said the state government had paid N20,000 dowry for each of the grooms, and provided full sets of furniture for each of the brides as well as a donation in the sum of N15,000 to each of the brides for empowerment. But when contacted, Thursday, Daurawa said to journalists that he was “not aware” of the scandal.
Nevertheless, he did not express surprise at the incident, saying the exercise was decentralized and left in the hands of politicians this time round. Asked why he said the couples underwent medical screening on February 26, he said he was referring to the 50 couple-slots given to the board headquarters.
“We were suddenly asked to provide list of the couples six months after we thoroughly screened them, in conjunction with qualified medical personnel of the Ministry of Health. Government decided to allow local governments to handle the exercise. So, anything can happen,” he noted.
Conscience Triumph feels that the local government personnel had placed more emphasis on “proof of means” by the grooms and downplayed “pregnancy tests” on the prospective brides. This is a ‘miscarriage’ of an exercise.