Alhaji Yusuf Lateef, a Islamic cleric in Ondo State, has been stopped from taking in a 16-year old Secondary schoolgirl as his 9th wife, by a State Family Court sitting in Akure.
From OSRC, the court presided over by Justice Aderemi Adegoroye, directed the return of the girl to her family for proper care and education and warned Alhaji Yusuf Lateef to maintain a distance from her.
According to a report gotten from a media outlet, the Alfa had approached the family, Mr and Mrs Olasunkanmi, in 2019, when the girl was 15 years old, and asked for her hand in marriage.
Inspite of the protest from the girl, her parents persuaded her to accept the proposal and a day was fixed for the marriage.
But, the girl, made a plan with her elder brother who is based in Ore, Quadri, fled their Ore home on her wedding day and went to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Akure, where she was sheltered and legal works began to stop the marriage.
Alhaji Lateef and the girl’s parents were later arraigned at the Family Court for breeching Part three of the 2007 Ondo State Child Rights Law.
The court eventually ruled that the girl be returned to her parents and Alhaji Lateef be made to sign an undertaking to maintain some distance from her as well as ensure no harm comes her way.