Murder charges against a 15-year-old Wasila Tasi'u who was accused of using rat poison to kill her 35-year-old husband, Umar Sani, has been dropped by prosecutors in Nigeria. She was 14 when she married Umar Sani.Hence the Presiding judge, Mohammed Yahaya said: "With a heavy heart, I apply that the accused be discharged.".
Judge Mohammed Yahaya told the court he required either a written or oral presentation from the office of Kano's attorney general before formally dropping the charges and agreeing to Tasi'u's release.
He ordered that presentation to be made on June 9.Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II, who is Nigeria's second most powerful Islamic cleric, had offered to "shelter" Tasi'u following her release.
The murder charge dates back to April 5, 2014, when Sani hosted a small wedding celebration at his home in the small Kano village of Unguwar Yansoro.
Prosecutors claimed that Tasi'u prepared the food and laced it with rat poison before serving it to her guests. Four people, including Sani, died within hours of eating the meal.
Judicial sources said the Kano state government intended to offer financial compensation to the victims' families.
Locals in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north, Tasi'u's home region, had rejected claims that she was a victim forced to marry a man more than twice her age, noting that 14 was a standard marrying age in the deeply conservative area.
Sani's family and even Tasi'u's parents said she chose her husband from a range of suitors and told close friends that she wanted to marry.Some in Unguwar Yansoro called for Tasi'u to face stiff punishment to discourage other girls from taking similar action if they become unhappy in their marriage
But rights activists maintained that Tasi'u was a minor in need of rehabilitation and could not be charged as an adult with murder.