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Kwara won’t implement Shariah — A-G

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin — THE Kwara State government will not implement Shariah in the state so as to ensure religious harmony among the existing religious bodies in the state.

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kwara State, Alhaji Saka Isau, who spoke yesterday on the occasion of the commencement of 2010/2011 legal year of the Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeal explained  that the refusal of the state government to accede to requests urging it to expand the scope of Shariah courts in the state was aimed at fostering religious harmony.

The A-G explained that government was cautious of rushing to expand the present jurisdiction of the Shariah Court of Appeal to enhance peace in the state, stressing that the understanding currently enjoyed by the various groups in the state, irrespective of religious differences, must not be disturbed.

Noting that harmonious relationship among various religious bodies in the state  was only feasible in an atmosphere of peace, the A-G  urged the judges to consolidate the gains and achievements of the past legal year and hasten the course of justice.

Isau condemned the Boko-Haram and the recent Jos crises,  assuring that the state government has put security arrangements in place to nip every crisis in the bud.

He, however, assured the judicial workers in the state agitating for improved welfare package  that the state government would approve a package for them after the committee set up to review the situation had submitted its report.

The Grand Qadi of the Shariah Court of Appeal, Justice Imam Fulani, in his address at the event  said of all the 50 cases recorded in 2009, 36 had already been disposed while the rest would be treated this year.
He called on Governor Bukola Saraki to attend to the pending judiciary workers’ agitation, noting that the constant strikes embarked upon by the workers were not in the best interest of the state.


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