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Church, others withdraw suit against conversion of girl to Islam, marriage

Posted by on Feb 16th, 2017 and filed under From the Court, Top Stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

The Evangelical Church Winning All and Trustees of Stefanos Foundation have withdrawn a suit filed before a Katsina High Court against conversion of a teenage girl, Habiba Ishaku, to Islam.

The girl had eloped, embraced Islam and married one Jamilu Lawal in Wawar-kaza village of Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The girl had also written a letter to the court to disassociate herself from the suit purportedly instituted on her behalf and put her age at 18 years.

Respondents in the case were the Katsina State Government, Katsina Emirate Council and Jamilu Lawal.

During the proceedings on Tuesday, the court informed the counsels about a letter sent by the counsel to the plaintiff, Bawa Yakubu, urging the court to discontinue with the suit.

In the letter, Yakubu told the court that the decision was necessitated by the amicable settlement between the parties involved facilitated by Governor Aminu Masari.

He, therefore, urged the court to strike out the case.

In his submission, Counsel to the state government and the emirate council, Abu Umar, urged the court to ask the parties involved to honour the resolution and “dismiss” the case.

Alhaji Bako Nasir, Counsel to Habiba’s husband, Jamilu Lawal, said Habiba was at liberty to convert to Islam from Christianity at her will.

He urged the court to issue a protective order that would prevent the Police from arresting, harassing and intimidating his client in connection with the matter.

Nasir also urged the court to prevent the applicant from further reopening the case as far as the matter was concerned.

The judge, Justice Baraka Wali, adjourned the sitting to February 17, 2017, for ruling on the letter.

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