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A 17-year-old girl was arrested on a charge of murder after allegedly killing her husband because he married her against her will, police in Nigeria said.
Plateau police said that they have arrested Mariam Yahaya, after being accused of killing her husband, 30-year-old Lawal Bala, just two weeks after their wedding.
Yahaya was charged with one count of murder.
According to the police investigation, Bala married Yahaya against her will after arranging her as his bride with family members.
Several days after the wedding, Bala went on a business trip, leaving his young wife alone at home. When he returned, Yahaya pulled a knife and stabbed him numerous times as he slept in bed.
Neighbors who heard the husband’s calls for help, came to the scene and found Bala suffering from stab wounds all over his body.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Yahaya initially told investigators that armed robbers killed her husband, but she then confessed to the crime, saying that she did not want to live the rest of her life with Bala.