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Court dissolves marriage over rape accusation

A housewife, Fatima Ishaq, on Wednesday in Kaduna dragged her husband, Hassan Haruna, before a Sharia Court in Kaduna over rape. The petitioner, who lives…

A housewife, Fatima Ishaq, on Wednesday in Kaduna dragged her husband, Hassan Haruna, before a Sharia Court in Kaduna over rape.

The petitioner, who lives with her estranged husband in Kaduna metropolis, through her counsel, M.S. Abdullahi, told the court that she cannot continue living with Haruna.

Abdullahi said his client can no longer guarantee her respect for Haruna.

He told the court that his client was willing to pay back the N5,000 her husband paid as bride price in 2006.

The petitioner is seeking custody of their four children and N20,000 monthly for their upkeep.

The respondent was brought to the court in shackles for allegedly raping a minor.

Haruna, however, denied the charge of rape against him.

“If it is because of the rape issue you want to leave me, I can swear with the Holy Qur’an that I am innocent even though I will oblige your divorce request,” he said.

The judge, Dahiru Lawal, dissolved the marriage and ordered the petitioner to return N15,000 to Haruna as the bride price he paid.

“The value money in 2006 is not the same in the current situation,”  Lawal said. (NAN)

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