2 October 2003

Nigeria: Sharia Court Orders Woman to Receive 30 Lashes for Arson

An Upper Sharia court in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, has ordered a housewife, Shafaiatu Tukur, to receive 30 strokes of the cane and pay N8,000 fine for burning the home of her mate.

The court also gave Shafaiatu, 45, an option of five years imprisonment.

The accused told the court that she decided to carry out the act after all effort by her to make their husband change his behaviour towards the other wife failed.

Delivering judgement last Friday, the judge, Malam Idris Usman, ordered Shafaiatu to pay her mate, Saadatu Tukur, N69,950 as compensation for the valuable items she lost in the incident.

Usman, however, advised housewives to always fear God because they would be asked to give account for all their deeds after death.

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