Posted by: becketfund | September 15, 2008

Nigeria: Islamic Court Detains Man with 86 Wives

ABUJA – A Nigerian Muslim court has detained an 84-year-old Islamic preacher, Muhammed Bello, because he is married to 86 wives, Reuters reported on September 15. Bello has been charged with “insulting religious creed” and “unlawful marriages.” Initially, Muslim leaders gave him until September 7 to divorce 82 of his wives and comply with Islamic Sharia law, which stipulates that a man may have no more than four wives at a time. Bello then gained temporary reprieve in a Nigerian civil court, which issued an order protecting him from banishment. But the Niger State Sharia Commission decided on September 15 to charge him in an Islamic court. Bello claims that the charges violate his right to life and personal liberty.

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