About 50 lawyers have reportedly shown their interest to defend the two teenagers in Zamfara State that are billed to have their wrists amputated free of charge.
An Islamic court in northern Nigeria’s Zamfara state found them guilty and has sentenced them to amputation of their right hands for stealing a bull. The court ruled that the wrists of Auwalu Abubaka, 23, and Lawalli Musa, 22, should be amputated in public.
A rights activist, Mr Anthony Agboh, said the lawyers were contacted by civil organizations in the state in connection with the case.
He said the rights groups believed their conviction was an error.
He stated that though the teenagers were convicted under the sharia law being practiced in the state, “We were told for a judge to pass this kind of judgment, certain criteria need to be made like where the convicts gainfully employed before committing the theft or what engineered them to steal the cow, or whether the owner carelessly leaves the cow without proper protection.”
Similarly, the Christians indigenous group has appealed to the state government to temper justice with mercy.
Speaking through its Public Relations Officer, Mallam Musa Tsafe, the group pleaded that the teenagers be forgiven.
Tsafe charged that the issue of robbery, theft, or any other social vices could be attributed to the failure of government at all levels to cater for their people.
He stressed that if the people had jobs and could afford to sponsor their kids to school and pay electricity bills, all the rampant cases of theft and robbery would be reduced to the bearest level.
Meanwhile, two persons sentenced to amputation by the Higher Shari’ah Court in Nasarawa Mailayi in Birnin Magaji local Government of Zamfara State have filed an appeal less than 48 hours to its execution.
A source told our correspondent that the convicts were seeking to overturn the verdict.
Findings, however, showed that all arrangements had been concluded for the execution of the ruling delivered by the Shari’ah Court judge, Justice Muhammadu Abubakar, in accordance with the provision of Shari’ah.
The state governor, Alhaji Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar, had during the 100-day in office celebration, vowed to allow the execution of the judgment if the convicts fail to appeal.
“They are going to be the third and fourth cases of amputation in the history of shari’ah in our state,” the governor said.
Source: Saturday Tribune