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Bride forced into marriage attacks husband with razor blade 3 weeks after union

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Barely three weeks after she was forced to marry a man she did not love, a 28-year-old woman Shafa Muhammad, in Sokoto State, attacked her husband Umar Shehu with a razor blade, inflicting serious injuries on his face and head.

The incident was reported on Friday, December 16, 2017, at the couple’s residence at Arkillar Liman area in Wamakko Local Government Area of the state after Muhammad was forced to marry Shehu by her family against her wish.

It was gathered that Shehu had gone to Muhammad’s room to have sex with her as she had refused to allow him to sleep with her since their forced marriage but she was prepared for him and attacked him when he wanted to force himself on her.

Confirming the incident and arrest of the suspect, the State Command Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO], ASP Ibrahim Abarass, said the husband had been treated and discharged from the hospital because his injuries were not life-threatening while the suspect is still in custody.

“The husband went into her room to consummate the marriage when she attacked him with a razor blade.

He sustained injuries on the head as a result of the attack,” ASP Abarass said.

ASP Abarass added that Muhammad would be prosecuted after an investigation by the police, advising parents to always consider the wishes of their children before forcing them into marriages.

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Abiy Ahmed wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Award

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for immersly efforts to end two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.

Though Africa’s youngest leader still faces big challenges, he has in under two years in power begun political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopia and restored ties with Eritrea that had been frozen since a 1998-2000 border war.

“We are proud as a nation,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement, hailing a “collective win for all Ethiopians, and a call to strengthen our resolve in making Ethiopia – the new horizon of hope – a prosperous nation for all.”

It said the prize was meant to recognize “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”

The Nobel Committee’s decision appeared designed to encourage the peace process, echoing the 1994 peace prize shared by Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the 1993 award for moves towards reconciliation in South Africa, said Dan Smith, head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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