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Sharia court jails man for 33 months for desecrating grave

“The duo went straight to the grave of the mother of one Abubakar Mai-Abinduniya… urinated on her grave and videoed the act.”

• September 16, 2022
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A Kano Sharia Court on Friday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Abdullahi Umar, to 33 months in a correctional center plus 40 strokes of cane for desecrating a grave.

Mr Umar who lives in Sharada Quarters, Kano, was convicted on five-count charge of criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, public nuisance, inciting disturbance and cyber-stalking, after he had pleaded guilty.

Judge Nura Yusuf-Ahmad however gave the defendant an option to pay a fine of N5,000 for conspiracy.

He also sentenced him to six months imprisonment without option of fine for criminal trespass and 18 months imprisonment without option of fine for public nuisance and inciting disturbance.

“The defendant is sentenced to six months imprisonment or pay a fine of N30,000 for cyber-stalking and 40 strokes of cane” Mr Yusuf-Ahmad added

Prosecution counsel Aliyu Abideen had informed the court that a good Samaritan reported the matter at Sharada Police Division Kano on August 13.

He said that on August 9, at about 3:30 p.m., the defendant, and a man named Mummunai, now at large, trespassed into Maidille Village cemetery.

“The duo went straight to the grave of the mother of one Abubakar Mai-Abinduniya because they had a little misunderstanding, urinated on her grave and videoed the act,” he said.

Mr Abideen also said that the defendant later posted the recorded video on social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp, which generated condemnation from the public.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 120, 212, 341, 275 and 404 of Kano State Sharia Law. 


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