The alleged marital scam between a Zamfara-based Bala Musa and a popular Kannywood star, Hadiza Aliyu Gabon, is taking turns as the Sharia court presiding over the lawsuit keep adjourning it amid emerging revelations.
The 48-year-old Musa in May dragged Gabon to Magajin Gari sharia court in Kaduna State, claiming the latter had benefited over N369,000 from him, but refused to marry him as “promised.”
Khadi Rilwanu Kyaudai who presided over the case would adjourned it on May 23 to June 7 for the defendant to appear before the court.
Musa’s relationship with the actress was on social media, he told the court, adding she had on several occasions billed him and this accrued to N369,000.
He claimed the actress betrayed him and refused to show up in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State, after pocketing the said amount. According to Musa, he had prepared everything to host his supposedly new bride.
For the second time, Gabon did not appear in court and the case was adjourned to June 13, the date she would finally present herself to the court.
After hearing all allegations levelled against her, Gabon told the court she did not know the plaintif. Stunningly, she claimed not to have met him hitherto.
Following her pleas, the Khadi adjourned the lawsuit to June 28 and granted her bail, but until she provided two reliable Kaduna-based sureties.
However, the case resumed on August 1, three days after the rescheduled date. This was as a result of a health-related issue in the Khadi’s family.
Gabon through her lawyer Mubarak Sani Jibrin pleaded to face the jury in absentia, citing security concerns.
But counsel to the plaintiff Barrister Naira Murtala, opposed to it and asked the court to compel her to physically appear in court at all proceedings. However, the Khadi ruled that he will have time to observe the request before making a verdict.
The case again resumed on September 20 and a witness who claimed to be the plaintiff’s colleague, Shamsuddeen Mohammad testified that he had seen his friend on several occasions, making voice and video calls with the defendant. According to him, there were periods his friend sent airtime to Ganon.
“We were together with Bala in the office when he made a video call with her. I saw her in the video shortly before the network disconnected and they returned to a phone call,” Mohammed told the court. “He even sent her recharge cards. Although I didn’t hear their conversation, I knew they were in a relationship.”
Barrister Murtala, counsel to the plaintiff, said the remaining witnesses would be coming in a subsequent hearing and pleaded with the court to write to their offices to permit them to come and testify. The court agreed to the request and directed both parties to communicate on a convenient day for further proceeding.