Nigeria: 14 year old who killed forced marriage hubby likely to be held criminally responsible under Sharia law

Nigeria: Killer Bride-Child Has No Protection Under the Law – – Prof. Owosanoye

Under Sharia law applicable in Kano where the offence was committed, age of criminal responsibility is set at puberty. Given the fact that Wasila was married off because she had attained puberty at age 14, she is likely to be made criminally responsible for her crime.

Sharia courts are given jurisdiction in criminal proceedings thereby supplanting the extant Penal Code and even Children and Persons Law applicable in lieu of the Child Rights Law. Under the Sharia regime, sanctions and punishments applicable to adults apply to children because no distinction is made for children.

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