He was arrested for breaking sharia’s mandate that a man marry no more than four wives. More on this story. “87 lawyers stand for man with 86 wives,” by AbdulRaheem Aodu for Daily Trust, September 21:
Up to 87 lawyers have been moblised by human rights coalition groups in the North for the defence of Alhaji Bello Masaba, the man with 86 wives.
Masaba is currently remanded in prison custody by a Minna Upper Sharia Court for unlawful marriages and inciting contempt of a religious creed.
The lawyers argued that the case would not stand because Masaba could not be prosecuted under the Penal Code in a Sharia Court.
They also stressed that the hands of Masaba’s accusers were not also clean when it came to the same charges they had pressed against the octogenarian…