Police Arrest Sharia Court Judge, Others For Allegedly Conducting ‘Illegal’ Marriage


The Police in Kaduna State have arrested the judge of Sharia Court of Magajingari division in Kaduna North Local government area of Kaduna state, Murtala Nasir.

The judge was arrested for  allegedly conducting an illegal marriage between the daughter of former Chairman of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited, Sani Dauda and one Abdullahi Kaluma.

Father of the bride, Sani Dauda was also arrested alongside his son, Shehu Dauda.

He was detained at the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) office of the Kaduna Police command for giving out his daughter, Nasiba Dauda in a wedding ceremony that took place on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

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Dauda and his son were arrested on Monday and are being detained at the SARS office of Kaduna State police command two days after the  marriage ceremony.

Although the police authorities in Kaduna State are yet to give reasons for the arrest of the three men, counsel to the suspects, Maxwell Kyon told journalists that their arrest was allegedly masterminded by the former husband of Nasiba Dauda, one Abubakar Musa Abubakar who claims to be a close associate of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

Lyon explained that the marriage between Nasiba and her former husband officially collapsed in January 2018, which informed her decision to enter into a  new marriage with her new husband, on Saturday.

Nasiba’s ex-husband, Abubakar Musa Abubakar through his counsel, Rilwanu Umar, however debunked the claim. He described the new marriage as illegal and a criminal breach of contract.

According to Rilwanu, there was a subsisting judgement  from an upper Sharia court in Kawo area of Kaduna North Local Government Area dated February 20, 2018 which set aside the judgement of the Tudun Wada Sharia court that dissolved the marriage on January 5, 2018.

He therefore, described Nasiba Dauda’s second marriage as illegal  and amounts to a criminal offence since the matter is still pending in court at the Sharia Court of Appeal.

Meanwhile,  there was pandemonium and anxiety in the Kaduna State capital on Wednesday morning when policemen blocked major roads in the city following rumours that supporters of Sani Dauda were planning for a protest to demand his immediate release.

This led to a heavy traffic jam on the major roads and streets that lasted for several hours.

Appeal Court Overrules Sharia Court Over Herders Eviction In Jigawa

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An appeal court sitting in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital on Tuesday, overruled an eviction order for herders’ settlement by an Upper Sharia Court.

The appeal was filed by Muhammad Jingi, a resident of Fagam District, Gwaram Local Government Area, through his counsels Baffa Alhassan and Hafizu Abubakar.

Both men provided free legal services to the evicted herders.

The respondent was the District Head of Fagam, Auwalu Adamu, who earlier instituted the case in the Sharia court claiming Mr Jingi’s land settlement after the latter failed to renew his annual settlement dues.

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Previously, the Sharia Court sitting in Gwaram ruled in favour of the District Head, ordered the herders to vacate their settlement in Fagam District.

Delivering the lead judgement, which was adopted by one other judge Abubakar Sambo, Justice Umar Sadiq held that the upper Sharia Court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain such matter.

The judge stated further that “all the five Emirate Councils in Jigawa State were the creation of the law.”

In the verdict, Justice Sadiq said, “in the result, the trial by the Gwaram Upper Sharia Court without jurisdiction has hereby voided the decision and the consequential order are hereby set aside, the appeal succeeds.”

After the court session, the appellant lawyer, Hafizu Abubakar, said the judgement is well delivered and justice was served by the judgement.

“The court as we rightly complained declared that the upper Sharia Court has no jurisdiction to entertain the case and the claimant has no right over the land he claimed,” he said.

The respondent’s lawyer, Fa’izu King, however, said although the judgement is against his client, “I can’t say we’re going to appeal or not considering the well-delivered judgement.”

He concluded that “We’re going to study the record and decide on the next step,”

Gunmen Abduct Sharia Court Official, Kill Son In Kaduna

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Armed men have abducted the Director of Personnel Management with the Sharia Court of Appeal in Kaduna State, Mrs Aishatu Muhammad.

The police authorities in the state confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Thursday.

Spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Yakubu Sabo, said the victim was abducted from Kujama Village in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

He also confirmed that the gunmen killed Muhammad’s son during the incident which on Wednesday.

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According to Sabo, the Police Division in Sabon Tasha got a report of the attack and quickly dispatched personnel to the area to evacuate the remains of the victim’s son to the hospital.

Afterwards, he said a combined team of security operatives, including the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command and local vigilantes, were later deployed in the area.

The team have been combing the general area for possible rescue of the victim and to apprehend the suspected kidnappers.

Sharia: Kano Cleric Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy

Sharia-clericAn Islamic Cleric, Abdulazeez Dauda, has been sentenced to death by hanging by a Sharia Court in Kano State for insulting the Prophet Muhammed.

The sentence of Mr Dauda, a popular preacher also known as Abdul Inyass, comes after being convicted in a secret trial.

He is said to belong to the Tijaniya sect, which members are said to spread across West Africa.

He was said to have made the blasphemous statement during a lecture organised by members of the sect in may 2015, which triggered violent protests in the city.

When nine of the members were eventually arraigned in court, further protests broke out leading to the courthouse being set ablaze.

Four of them were subsequently acquitted with five sentenced to death, but appeal against their conviction at the state’s High Court.

Mr Dauda is expected to also appeal against his sentence at the High Court.

Sharia Court Sentences Nine Persons To Death For Blasphemy In Kano

ShariaAn Upper Sharia Court in Kano State has sentenced nine persons including one Sheikh Abdul Nyas to death over blasphemous and inciting statements on the prophet of Islam.

Spokesperson of the Kano Sharia Courts, Ibrahim Baba-Jibo, made this known while addressing a news conference attended by Channels TV Correspondent, Idris Jibrin.

Early last month, a group of Tijjaniyya sect members, during Maulud in Kano, blasphemed the prophet of Islam and the action was followed by widespread protest in the state.

After series of hearing, the Kano State Upper Sharia Court, under Section 110 and Section 382B of the Sharia Penal Code 2000, the accused persons were sentenced to death.

However, four other persons namely Alkassim Abubakar, Yahaya Abubakar, Isa Abubakar and Abdullahi Abubakar were discharged and acquitted as they were not found wanting by the court.

It is therefore expected that the nine people will be executed once the Kano State Governor appends his signature on their execution form.

Muslim Youths Set Sharia Court Ablaze

Sharia CourtMuslim youths in Kano State, North-West Nigeria, have set ablaze a state Sharia Court sitting in Rijiyar Lemu while prison officials were conveying suspects charged with blasphemy on the prophet of Islam.

No death or injury was recorded during the attack as Police used tear gas to disperse protesters.

Police spokesman in Kano, Magaji Majia, confirmed the incident. Majia said that normalcy has been restored as Police took over the Sharia court to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

A member of Muslim Tijjaniyya sect, Muhammad Aminu, was arrested following his blasphemous statement on Prophet Muhammad during one of their religious programmes in Kano.

He has now been taken back to prison pending a suitable time to continue with the judgement.

ISIS Releases 19 Assyrian Christian Hostages

ISISISIS militants in northern Syria on Sunday released 19 Assyrian Christian hostages, according to the chief of a London-based activist group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdelrahman.

The group also said all but one of the hostages were among the at least 220 Assyrians captured on February 23 during an attack on villages in the northern Syrian province of Al-Hasakah.

The kidnappings took place shortly before dawn on 23 February, when IS militants raided about 12 villages, taking captive men, women and children from the villages, located on the southern bank of the Khabur river, near the town of Tal Tamr.

The Assyrian Human Rights Network said the captives gained their freedom after a Sharia court ordered them to pay an unspecified amount of money levied as a tax on non-Muslims.

Assyrian leaders and Sunni tribal Sheikhs tried to negotiate with IS to secure the release of the remaining captives, activists said.

While the “court” told the commander that the fate of the other kidnapped Assyrians has yet to be decided by ISIS Sharia jurists.

The reasoning behind the release was not immediately clear. It was also not clear why only 19 people were let go Sunday.

Assyrian Christian officials said that the 16 men and three women who were released arrived safely on Sunday at the Church of the Virgin Mary in the city of Hassakeh.

It is estimated that up to 40,000 Assyrians lived in Syria – alongside the overall Christian population of 1.2 million – before the country’s civil war broke out in 2011.

The Assyrians, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, had been under increasing pressure since ISIS captured large parts of the country.