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Court Dissolves 23-Year-Old Marriage Between Grandfather, Granddaughter

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A Higher Sharia Court in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday dissolved of a man identified as Alhaji Musa Tsafe with his granddaughter.

The Higher shari’ah court sitting in Tsafe town, Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State has dissolved the 23 year old marriage between a grandfather, Musa Tsafe and his granddaughter, Wasila Isah Tsafe.

The judge, Bashir Mahe while passing the judgement, said the court after hearing from both the plaintiffs and defendants, discovered that the marriage between the couples was contrary to the teachings of Islam.

The judge said the couples union was contrary to verse 73 of Suratul Nisa’i, page 79 of Ashalul Madariki, and page s77 of Ihkamil Ihkami.

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He explained that the verdict came after the inability of the counsel to convince the court why the marriage would not be dissolved.

Reacting after the ruling, the defence counsel, Ayuba Abdulahi said he was not surprised by the judgment, saying that he had lost confidence in the court.

“Since the beginning of the case, I did not have any confidence in the court considering the way and manner the judge was handling the case” he lamented.

“I have been praying the court to transfer the case to the Upper Shari’a court but the judge refused because he has an interest in the case.

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“I am very much sure that my clients would go for appeal at the State Shari’a Court of Appeal”

The marriage is said to have produced eight children.

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