Islamic Court Sentences Nigerian Rapist To Death

Islamic Court Sentences Nigerian Rapist To Death
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An Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Kofar Kudu in Kano metropolis has sentenced a 70-year-old rapist, Alhaji Mati Audu to death by stoning

An Islamic court in the Nigerian city of Kano has sentenced an elderly man to death for raping a 12-year-old girl.

In recent weeks, there has been increasing public outcry and street protests by activists against rape cases that have become rampant across Nigeria

A spokesperson for the judiciary in Kano state said that the Upper Sharia Court found the 61-year-old man guilty of raping the girl under a tree on the outskirts of the remote village of Farsa in 2019.

The case was charged before the Upper Sharia Court by one of the state Counsels in the Ministry of Justice, named Barrister Badaria The man, who resides in the same Falsa town of Tsanyawa Local Government Area, had willingly confessed to the commission of a crime before the judge.

Islamic Court Sentences Nigerian Rapist To Death

He was given a chance, at three different court sittings, to reverse his confession, but he maintained his stance that he defiled the minor, and was willing to accept his punishment.

In a rare judgment on rape, the man who has a wife, has been sentenced to death by stoning according to Islamic laws.

This is the second death penalty handed down by Islamic courts in just a week in the city of Kano.

Kano is one of around a dozen states in northern Nigeria that has practiced the Sharia legal system alongside the country’s secular laws over the last two decades.

A number of people have been handed down death sentences in the past but only one is thought to have been carried out.

It is barely a week after a local singer was sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad in his lyrics.

Felicity Gitonga
Felicity Gitonga is the founder of Africa Business News. abn, freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories.

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