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Ban Facebook & Twitter says SHARIA Judge in Kaduna

A curious order emanating from a Sharia judge in Kaduna State is seeking to gag users in a forum launched recently on an amputation case on Facebook and Twitter.

Justice Lawal Muhammed of Magajin Gari Sharia Court in Kaduna has ordered social networking sites - Facebook and Twitter - to stop discussions on the amputation of Buba Bello Jangebe until the determination of the suit instituted by the Association of Muslim Brotherhood of Nigeria.

The restraining order is the first of its kind in Nigeria where a court seeks to interfere in the freedom of interaction and activities of people online.

It is not clear how the restraining order would be enforced.

But it has been delivered to the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) that opened the discussion on Sharia law and Jangebe on Facebook and Twitter recently.

Court documents obtained in Kaduna confirmed the ruling of Justice Muhammed.

“An order is hereby given restraining the respondents (CRC) either by themselves or their agents from opening a chat forum on Facebook, Twitter, or any blog for the purpose of the debate on the amputation of Malam Buba Bello Jangebe,” the document read.

Jangebe was the first person to have his right wrist amputated on the orders of a Sharia court in Zamfara State, a year after 12 Northern states adopted the strict Islamic penal code during the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration.

In an interview , President of the CRC Shehu Sani said the group would challenge the order at a higher court. He said the order tramples on his right to free speech and freedom of association.

Sani added that the chat forum was opened about 10 days ago to provide an avenue for Nigerians to discuss Sharia law as a whole and the amputation of Jangebe in particular.

“We opened the blog on Facebook and Twitter chats 10 days ago to serve as a platform for which Nigerians could air their opinions on Sharia law as a whole and the justification or otherwise of the amputation of the hand of Malam Buba Bello Jangebe,” Sani said.

This is not the first time Sani is having an encounter with Sharia courts in the North.

In 2008, one of the courts banned his satirical play “Phantom Crescent” after it ruled that the content violates Sharia law. The ban was later lifted on appeal.

Kaduna is one of 12 states to introduce the stricter version of Sharia law in the North after Zamfara signed it into law in 1999.

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Comment by felicia on June 2, 2010 at 5:58am
Hypocrites, Sharia laws and makers of the laws are all hypocrites, ban facebook in the open go behind doors and chat with none mosle women from other parts of the world,when are we ever going to move forward, when are ever going to hear of news like Nigeria to invest in Education, Health, power, etc..... people are dieing everyday innocent children are been murdered for no just course and there they still sit and talk about issues that are irrelevant... provide education to remote areas of the northern part of the country cos, i believe thier major problem is illitracy.how can u know what is written in the Quaran when u cannt even read and understand it properly.....
Comment by Moses K Tawose on March 26, 2010 at 8:42pm
There's nothing to fear than fear itself let the people be educated if that's what they want its democracy regardless of which court passing out judgment that affects them. Which is supreme Sharia or the Regular court system as we knows it. There should be a recourse where judgment can be appealed before it's being carried out.
The sharia doesn't have the absolute power neither the court system the Sharia Judge shouldn't cajoled the masses by threat to silence its critics.
Comment by mobolaji enitan aminu on March 26, 2010 at 10:55am
na only wahala dem sabi the day we go enjoy peace without this people will be the day,coz people cant air their opinions again make dem come close my mouth, nama sobiri!!
Comment by SaintOkocha on March 25, 2010 at 1:23pm
Sharia Law again! when Nigeria has not survived from her recent re-occurring crises.
Nigeria please think aright.




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