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Speaker to marry off 100 girls orphaned by banditry in Niger

Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, says plans have been concluded to marry off 100 female orphans who lost their parents to banditry attacks in Mariga Local Government Area.

Sarkindaji disclosed this to journalists in Minna, the state capital on Friday, May 10.

The speaker, who pledged to pay the dowries for the bridegrooms, has also procured all necessary materials for the mass marriage ceremony.

“Accordingly, the girls who would be married off were carefully selected from the 170 girls whose names were submitted” Sarkindaji stated, without disclosing the age range of the orphaned girls.

Sarkindaji, who represents the Mariga Constituency, described the initiative as part of his constituency empowerment project, “aimed at alleviating the suffering of the impoverished.”

The speaker noted that the Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umar Bago, and the Emir of Kontagora, Alhaji Mohammed Barau, would serve as guardians to the female orphans during the mass marriage ceremony.

The Kano State Commander General of the Hisbah Board, Sheikh Aminu Daurawa, is expected to attend the event, slated for May 24 at Bangi, the headquarters of Mariga Local Government Area.

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