1 December 2001

Nigeria: Girl to Receive 100 Lashes for Fornication

Akure — NARBODO Sharia Court in Toro council area of Bauchi has sentenced one Hajo Poki to be given 100 lashes of the cane for fornication.

The judge, Mika'ilu Sabo Ningi, ruled on Tuesday that Hajo should be given the lashes after the delivery of a seven month-old pregnancy for which she failed to prove that one Suleiman Poki was responsible.

She was also said to have accused the plaintiff falsely and was, therefore, sentenced in line with the provisions of the Sharia law.

Ningi said by claiming that Poki had sexual intercourse with her without evidence, Hajo had violated Section 142 of the Sharia Penal Code.

He also ruled that for admitting that she was pregnant without being married, the accused contravened Section 130 of the Sharia code.

Hajo, who alleged that Poki impregnated her on the pretext that he would marry her, failed to produce witness and the judge rejected her claim that the "act" was done the house of one Dalkha.

The plaintiff told the trial judge that he had forgiven Hajo "after my integrity had been restored by the court".

Ningi ruled that Hajo had the right to appeal against the court decision within 30 days.

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