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Court joins NAPTIP in Yerima’s marriage suit

By Ise-Oluwa Ige
The Registered Trustees of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria yesterday got the nod of an Abuja Federal High Court to join the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, as defendant in the suit it instituted against the heads of the two chambers of the National Assembly and the National Human Right Commission, NHRC, over the marriage of Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima to a 13-year old Egyptian girl.

The Sharia Council had brought before the court two applications, one seeking to join the agency and the other seeking the leave of the court to amend its processes earlier filed in its bid to ensure the fundamental human rights of one its members and former Governor of Zamfara State.

Counsel representing the Sharia Council, Mohammed Ndanusa Katu said the essence of joining the agency was for it to make its position known to the world, pointing out that Yerima has the right to marry up to four wives under the Islamic law and that the National Assembly has no right to interfere with such marriages.

The trial Judge, Justice Ibrahim Auta granted the applications since they were not opposed by any of the parties involved in the suit.

“Since the applications were not opposed by the parties in the matter, I feel inclined to grant them, and so, the applications and the reliefs sought therein have been granted,” the Judge stated and adjourned till October 22, 2010.


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