A Higher Shari’a Court in Tsafe, Tsafe local government area of Zamfara on Thursday adjourned until July 25 a case filed against a man allegedly married to his grandniece.
The Presiding Judge, Malam Bashir Mahe, adjourned the case to allow counsel to the defendant, Mr. Abubakar Ayuba to study the Prosecution evidence.
The Hisbah Commission filed the suit seeking a dissolution of the 20-year union.
The Hisbah commission told the court that the marriage between Malam Musa Dangote and Wasila Musa, his niece’s daughter was against Sharia laws and Islamic jurisprudence.
The Commission said it was compelled to file a case against the couple after efforts by the Islamic Advisory Council(Shura) and the Tsafe Emirate yielded no fruit.
Counsel to the commission, Malam Sani Muhammed, told the court that investigations by various Islamic bodies and the emirate showed that the couple who got married sometime in 1999 are directly related and so marriage is forbidden between them.
Muhammed said the act contravenes the teachings of Islam as indicated in the Holy Qur’an chapter three verse 23.
He, therefore, prayed the court to immediately terminate the marriage.
Meanwhile, Ayuba denied the allegations and requested access to the commission’s investigation report which is presented as evidence.
Ayuba also requested time to examine the report and prepare his defense.
The judge ordered that the report of the commission’s investigation be given over to the defense counsel and gave him five days to study and respond appropriately.
The judge then adjourned the sitting for the continuation of the hearing in the matter.
It was reported that Musa, 35, has given birth to eight children in the 20-year-old marriage.