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Court dissolves 23-year-old marriage between man, his grandniece after 8 children



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A Higher Shari’a Court in Tsafe, Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara on Tuesday dissolved the 23-years-old marriage of a man, Musa Tsafe and his grandniece, Wasila.

Delivering a ruling, the Presiding Judge, Malam Bashir Mahe, dissolved the marriage after fear hearing from both the prosecution and defence counsel.

Mahe held that the marriage between Tsafe and Wasila was contrary to the teachings of Islam.

The judge said marriage between the couples contradicted Qur’an chapter 3 verse 23, page 79 and page 77 of Ihkamil Ihkami.

He explained that the verdict came after the inability of the defence counsel to prove otherwise.

The Hisbah Commission filed the suit seeking a dissolution of the 23-year-old union.

The commission  told the court that the marriage between Tsafe and Wasila 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 since 2020 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 some time 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.

Tsafe has eight children with Wasila.

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