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Published On: Wed, Oct 16th, 2019

Zamfara proposes capital punishment for desecration of Qur’an

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From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle said his government will soon enact a capital punishment law against God-fearless people who embarked on desecration of the Qur’an in the state.
The Governor made the declaration Monday while receiving a report from the committee for the review of activities of the State Ministry of Religious Affairs, religious Commissions and committees under the leadership of the former State Deputy Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Wakkala at Government House, Gusau.
Matawalle said he remained sad with the way some people perpetrate to commit the unholy act of desecration of the Qur’an in the state, explaining that, “To bring an end of the unholy act, his governments will soon enact capital punishment laws in the State that will deal with all related offences.”
He added that Shariah court judges will also be under careful watch in the way and manner they handled such cases as serious punitive measures will be applied on any erring judge for the purpose of discipline as no amount of punishment will be too much on such judges or the offenders.
The Governor also appealed to the Islamic scholars in the state to sensitize people on the importance of peace, unity and love for one another for the purpose of having a purified society that is free from all ungodly deeds and crimes.
Earlier, presenting the report, Chairman of the committee Mallam Ibrahim Wakkala Called for the renaming of the State Ulama Consultative Council (UCC) to Zamfara State Fatwah Council with a Chairman that will be addressed as Mufti of the State.
He also said, there is need for the government to review the existing laws where competent Ulamas who are knowledgeable in Islamic jurisprudence, reputable and upright in character with adequate exposure on contemporary issues to serve as members of the Mufti Council.
The committee also advised the government to continue with its laudable policies of economic growth, poverty alleviation and fight against insecurity for greater success and acceptability in the state.

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