Nigeria: Shariah court orders 2 men be amputated

The court has ordered that two men have their right hands amputated for stealing a farmer`s bull.

Updated: Sep 10, 2011, 09:55 AM IST

Kano: A Shariah court in northern Nigeria has ordered that two men have their right hands amputated for stealing a farmer`s bull.

The decision by the Shariah court in Zamfara state came on Friday. In the Judge Muhammadu Abubakar`s ruling, the court will carry out the sentence against 23-year-old Auwalu Abubakar Tsaure and 22-year-old Lawalli Musa Tsaure on October 08 during a market day for the public to witness.

The court estimated the cost of the bull at more than USD 800. The 23-year-old said he would appeal the sentence, while the younger man said he wouldn`t.
Nigeria, home to 150 million people, is largely divided between a Christian south and Muslim north. About a dozen northern states have a version of Shariah law in place, though harsh sentences are rarely carried out.

Bureau Report