A Kaduna State sharia court judge has ordered that a husband be given five strokes of cane for abandoning his wife. Mallam Dahiru Lawal, the judge, also fined the said husband, Hauwa Abdullah N5,000.
Lawal said Abdullah violated the Islamic law on divorce by simply saying three times to his wife: “I divorce you”.
The wife, Hauwa, had lodged a petition before the Sharia Court, claiming Abdullah left her since last year Ramadan. She claimed the husband only told her to “pack all my belongings and leave”.
“It is almost a year now and he had never checked on me,” the complainant said.
The childless woman urged the court to compel her husband to divorce, following which Abdullah made the pronouncement.
Abdullah, in his defence, told the court he discovered Hauwa was secretly communicating with her ex-husband.