Sharia Court Dissolves 19 Year Marriage, With Order That Wife Should Refund N20,000 Bride Price


A Nigerian woman identified as Binta Sani, was on Thursday, ordered by a Sharia Court in Magajin Gari area of Kaduna State to refund N20,000 bride price to her estranged husband, Adamu Abdullahi, after dissolving their marriage of 19 year.

It was gathered that the Judge, Dahiru Lawal, in his ruling stated that since the petitioner requested the divorce, it was mandatory on her to refund the bride price paid on her so as to free herself from the marriage, since Islam gives the woman the right to seek divorce through Khul’i, that is a form of redemption in which the woman returns the bride price paid on her to the husband to secure the divorce.

According to reports, Binta had earlier told the court that her husband had been ill-treating her and was not ready to continue staying with him

“I can no longer tolerate him; I want to return his dowry back to him because I am fed up and there is no room for reconciliation,’’ she said.

While the respondent, however, told the court that he still loves his wife and pleaded with the court to intervene and save their troubled marriage.

“We have been married for 19 years, and we have five children, I don’t want to divorce my wife, I paid N 8,000 dowry on my wife,’’ he said.

But the judge after listening to both parties said that the petitioner had the right in Islam to ask for a divorce.

“In Islam, a woman has the right to seek divorce through Khul’i, when she returns the dowry to her husband.

“However, the judge also has the right to add to the amount of the dowry to enable the husband re-marry.

“I, Dahiru Lawal, judge of Sharia Court I of Magajin Gari hereby confirm the separation of the two parties.

“From now on you are no longer husband and wife and Binta Sani would pay N20,000 to Adamu Abdullahi,’’ the Judge ruled.

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