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A Nigerian High Court has dismissed a case brought by a 26-year-old woman who says her father forced her to marry a senator. The judge said her human rights had not been violated and it was a matrimonial matter for an Islamic court. Ms Zainab Isa Mayana was married to the senator of Zamfara State, Sahabi Ya'u, 54, in July at a ceremony where she was represented by her father. She says she has never met him and her father knew she was already engaged. Sokoto, where the trial took place, was one of several northern states to re-introduce Sharia law after the return to democracy in 1999. 'Appropriate court' Judge Isiyaku Mohammed said under the Constitution, the federal court could not intervene in the affairs of an Islamic court. Ms Mayana was not in court for the ruling, but her lawyers told the BBC they would not relent in their efforts to dissolve the marriage as she was not married to a man of her choice. East Africa radio USA is the fastest and leading media house in the diaspora broadcasting daily in Swahili and English languages,it targets all persons from Africa continent who are in the diaspora and back home.With hot issues of discussion like politics,social daily life,economic matters,news,sports,music and shouts segment..we are what you deserve.Hosted by Kenyas multi-talented broadcaster Denzel Musumba you dont deserve to miss this.

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