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Safiyatu's Conviction Untenable Under Sharia

Buba Iman


From the onset I must admit that I was not present in the Upper Sharia Court Gwadabawa during the proceedings of the trial. I was also not opportune to read the record of proceedings of the case. The only materials I have in my disposal are news from Television, Radio and Print media (especially Weekly Trust and Daily Trust).

Notwithstanding this serious handicap, I feel strongly that one should make legal comments within the purview of Sharia to highlight certain salient issues about the procedure adopted before and during the trial of Safiyatu Huseini of Zina by the Qadi Mallam Muhammad Bello of the Upper Sharia Court Gwadabawa.

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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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