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Court grants teacher custody of 3-year-old daughter



A Grade I Area Court in Kubwa, Abuja, granted a teacher, Rabi Abubakar custody of her three-year-old daughter, based on child custody rights in Sharia law.

Delivering a ruling, the judge, Muhammad Adamu held that Fawakihud Dawani, Vol.2, page 65 ”states that the protection of the child regarding shelter, feeding, clothing, bedding and cleaning of his body are rights and responsibility of the mother after divorce from the father or upon his death.”

Adamu added that the mother had an upper hand in the said authority regarding custody and Sharia law recognises the mother first and foremost.

He ordered the respondent, Abdullahi Saleh to support Abubakar with N50, 000 for accommodation every year, considering his financial capability.

The judge also ordered the respondent to provide the plaintiff with N10, 000 monthly for feeding and should be informed when the child is sick, for necessary health care.

He said that the respondent can have access to his child at any point in time with a 24 hours notice to the plaintiff before visiting, during the day time.

Adamu however ordered the respondent to comply strictly with the judgment in the interest of the child.

Earlier, Abubakar had told the court that she got divorced from the respondent on May, 24, 2018 and sought full custody of her three-year-old daughter.

Abubakar also prayed the court to grant an order for the respondent to provide finance for food, school fees, hospital, clothing and accommodation of the child.

The respondent however contested the prayer.

He later agreed to the prayer but prayed the court to grant him three days in a week to be with his daughter.


Two farmers jailed for assault, attempted extortion



An Area Court in Jos on Friday sentenced two farmers, Samaila Zanko, 24, and Umar Abubakar, 36, to three months imprisonment each for assault and extortion.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Zanko and Abubakar after they pleaded guilty to assault and attempted extortion.

Bokkos, however, gave each of them an option to pay a fine of N10,000.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Monday Dabit told the court that the case was reported on Sept. 11 at the office of the Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Jos, by the complainant, Malam Saudi Abdullahi.

The prosecutor said that the convicts beat up the complainant after invading his house.

He told the court that the convicts also demanded N3 million from the complainant as a “settlement fee”and threatened to beat him up if he refused to comply.

Dabit said that the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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Family of Gandu attack victim in Nasarawa begs Gov. Sule, others for assistance



The family of Isa Yusuf, a victim of a military shoot-out with suspected kidnappers in the Gandu area of the Lafia metropolis, Nasarawa State, has appealed for help.

Isa Yusuf was shot and left at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia after a rescue mission went awry.

According to Salihu Yusuf, the elder brother of the victim, Isa went to rescue a kidnapped relative in Gandu, only to be mistaken for fleeing kidnappers by military operatives. The encounter resulted in Isa being shot three times.

The family, expressing understanding of the military’s duty, is struggling with the escalating medical expenses.

Salihu Yusuf stated the family has already spent over ₦200,000 on tests and scanning, with indications that one of the shots affected Isa’s spinal cord, necessitating a referral to a hospital in Jos, Plateau State.

Isa, a painter and electrician, not only faces health challenges but also cares for four children left behind by a late brother.

The family, unable to bear the medical costs alone, is reaching out to well-meaning individuals, with a special plea to Governor Abdullahi Sule for assistance.

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Student jailed for theft in Jos



An area court in Jos, Plateau State capital, on Friday, sentenced a 23-year-old student, David Longji, to three months imprisonment for stealing a solar panel.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Longji after he pleaded guilty to theft.

Bokkos, however, gave him the option to pay N20,000 as a fine.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported on October 16 at the Anglo-Jos Police Station by one Livinus James, the complainant.

The prosecutor said the convict stole the solar panel from a company and was caught while trying to sell it.

Gokwat said the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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