Divorce was what she wanted and she got it to end a 19-year-old marriage. 

The Sharia Court in Magajin Gari, Kaduna opened on Thursday and had as one of the cases in its schedule, a prayer by a divorce seeking housewife, Binta Sani. She wanted to end it all.

When Adamu Abdullahi married Magajin some 19 years ago, he paid 8,000 Naira as bride price and now he is getting his money back, two times that amount, like it was an investment. 

Binta had earlier told the court that her husband had been ill treating her and was not ready to continue staying with him.

“I can no longer tolerate him; I want to return his dowry back to him because I am fed up and there is no room for reconciliation," she said.

The respondent, however, told the court that he still loved his wife and pleaded with the court to intervene and save their troubled marriage.

“We have been married for 19 years, and we have five children, I don’t want to divorce my wife, I paid 8,000 Naira dowry on my wife," he said. 

After listening to both parties the judge, Dahiru Lawal, in his ruling ordered Binta to pay 20,000 Naira to her estranged husband, Adamu, to free herself from their 19-year-old marriage.

Lawal said that since the petitioner requested for the divorce, it was mandatory on her to refund the dowry paid on her so as to free herself from the marriage.

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He said that Islam gives the woman the right to seek divorce through Khul’i, which is a form of redemption in which the woman returns the dowry paid on her to the husband to secure the divorce.

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the judge as saying that "in Islam, a woman has the right to seek for divorce through Khul’i, when she returns the dowry to her husband.

“However, the judge also has the right to add to the amount of the dowry to enable the husband re-marry.

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“I, Dahiru Lawal, judge of Sharia Court I of Magajin Gari hereby confirm the separation of the two parties.

“From now on you are no longer husband and wife and Binta Sani would pay 20,000 Naira to Adamu Abdullahi,’’ he ruled. 

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