The Police in Kaduna State have arrested Murtala Nasir, the judge of Sharia Court of Magajingari division in Kaduna North Local Government Area of the state.
The judge was arrested for allegedly conducting an illegal marriage between Nasiba Dauda, the daughter of former Chairman of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited, and one Abdullahi Kaluma.
Father of the bride, Sani Dauda was also arrested alongside his son, Shehu.
Sani was detained at the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) office of the Kaduna Police command, for giving out his daughter in a wedding ceremony that took place on November 9, 2019.
Dauda and his son were arrested on Monday, and are still reportedly being detained days after the marriage ceremony.
Although police authorities in Kaduna are yet to give reasons for the arrests, counsel to the suspects, Maxwell Kyon, told journalists that their arrest was allegedly masterminded by Nasiba’s former husband, one Abubakar Musa, who is said to be a close associate of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Lyon explained that the marriage between Nasiba and her former husband officially collapsed in January 2018, which informed her decision to remarry.
However, Abubakar through his counsel, Rilwanu Umar, debunked the claim.
He described the new marriage as illegal and a criminal breach of contract.
According to Rilwanu, there was a subsisting judgement from an Upper Sharia Court in Kawo area of the state on February 20, 2018, which set aside the judgement of the Tudun Wada sharia court, that dissolved the marriage on January 5, 2018.
He therefore, described Nasiba’s second marriage as illegal and amounts to a criminal offence, since the matter is still pending in court at the Sharia Court of Appeal.