Among Other Props, Divorce-seeking Ganduje’s Daughter Vows to Refund Dowry

Asiya Balaraba Ganduje, Governor Umar Ganduje’s daughter who filed a divorce suit at a Shari’a court in Kano said she is going to refund N50,000 dowry to her husband amid other possessions the latter claimed to be in her possession.

The divorce-seeking Kano governor’s daughter had approached the court to dissolve her 16-year-old marriage with Inuwa Uba, her husband, according to Daily Trust.

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As prescribed by Islamic jurisprudence, Asiya told the court she would refund the dowry Uba paid before marrying her. But the embattled husband claimed Asiya is holding some documents belonging to him.

Barrister Umar I. Umar, Uba’s lawyer told the court to retrieve his client’s properties before dissolving the marriage.

“The issue is not only for her to pay back the dowry of N50,000,” Uba’s lawyer said. “There are a lot of his belongings with her, which include his credentials, certificates of his properties and his cars. Above all, we want her to relinquish her right of possession in a joint venture of one rice milling company.”

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In response, Asiya’s lawyer said the Shari’a court could only rule on the subject of divorce, asking the court to advise the defence council to file a separate file in another court.

“We want him to understand that the khul’i is based on the actual subject matter of the marriage which is dowry. His dowry was N50,000 and we say we are giving him N50, O00. But we are not going to abide by his conditions,” the plaintiff’s lawyer said. “All these issues are the subject matter of this suit. If he wants these claims, he should file another suit before another court. And we are saying that she is not willing to relinquish her right in the rice milling company. We are giving him what he gave us as dowry but we are not giving him what is not his own.”

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The presiding judge, Khadi Abdullahi Halliru adjourned the case to February 2, 2023.


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