Court Dissolves Marriage Between Man & Niece After 23 Years With 8 Children 

Posted on August 7, 2022
The 23-year old marriage between a man, Musa Tsafe and his niece, Wasila, with eight children has been dissolved after the Court discovered that they were closely related and should not have got married in the first instance.
P.M.EXPRESS reports that this was the decision of the Shari’a Court in Tsafe, Tsafe Local Government area of Zamfara State.
The Presiding Judge, Malam Bashir Mahe, dissolved the marriage after fair hearing from both the prosecution and defence counsel.
The Judge, Mahe, held that the marriage between Tsafe and Wasila was contrary to the teachings of Islam and contradicted Qur’an chapter 3 verse 23, andpage 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 dissolution of the 23-year-old union.
The commission told the Court that the marriage between Tsafe and Wasila was against the 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 in which Tsafe has had children with Wasila.

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