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Daily Trust, Abuja, 2 October 2003

Sharia Court Orders Woman to Receive 30 Lashes for Arson

Oct 02, 2003 (Daily Trust/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- 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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Corpun file 12499


Daily Trust, Abuja, 10 October 2003

Carpenter Bags 30 Days for Theft

By Saidat Tella

Oct 10, 2003 (Daily Trust/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- A Kaduna-based carpenter, Jeremiah Yahana, who came to Abuja to forcefully open people's cars to steal items in them has been nabbed by the police and sentenced to 30 days in prison by an Abuja Magistrate Court.

He is also to receive six strokes of the cane having pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of theft and being in possession of fabricated keys contrary to sections 287 and 361 of the penal code law.

According to the police prosecutor, Inspector (Barrister) Francis Irabor, the accused person of Z16, Ibadan Street by Gumel road was arrested by the police attached to the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory (MFCT) on August 13, 2003 at about 11.35 am at the ministry's car park after he forcefully opened the car door of a Volkswagen Passat vehicle with registration number DB 188 ABC belonging to one Mr Ogike Chukwu Dobbre Anthony of the administration department of the Ministry of the FCT.

The accused person who allegedly committed the offence with a fabricated master key was said to have stolen a packet shirt from the vehicle valued at about N2,500.

He was tried summarily by Magistrate Zainab Bashir under section 157 (1) of the criminal procedure code (CPC) having pleaded guilty and was sentenced without an option of fine.

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