Two repentant commercial sex workers, Aliyu Usman and Sadiya Ibrahim, were on Monday joined together in union as husband and wife by the Hisbah department of the Bauchi State Shariah Commission in Bauchi.
The wedding ceremony took place in one of the brothels in Bayangari area, described as a red district area of Bauchi metropolis, during an empowerment training of 575 commercial sex workers by the State government.
In attendance were Deputy Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Honourable Danlami Kawule; Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Umar Kesa; government officials, Shariah Commission officials and other commercial sex workers.
While Kawule was said to have paid the N50,000 dowry on behalf of the groom, the commissioner gave approval for the joining of the couple after listening to their representatives.
Chairman of Shariah Commission, Sheikh Mustapha Baban-Illela, commended their courage while also reiterating that no one forced the couple on each other.
Baban-Illela said that the bride and groom were joined together as a couple with the consent of the bride’s parents.
He also disclosed that the wedding was conducted after the couple had undergone a series of medical tests, which confirmed them to be healthy and fit to be husband and wife.
Speaking on behalf of the newly wedded couple, the groom, Usman, expressed appreciation to the State government, the Deputy Speaker, as well as the Shariah Commission and all those present at the event for their efforts and contributions towards making their dream of getting married a reality.