Court Forces Man To Accept Baby That Wife Agrees Belongs To Someone Else

A Kaduna Sharia Court sitting at Magajin Gari on Wednesday ruled that one Ibrahim Musa was the father of a four -month- old baby girl delivered by his wife , Aisha Buhari .
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aisha had, on July 2 , dragged her husband before the court following his refusal to accept paternity of the baby she delivered .

The Judge , Malam Dahiru Lawal , after listening to both parties and their witnesses , said that under Islamic law , Musa could not now deny paternity of the baby after knowledge of his wife ’ s pregnancy two weeks after their marriage .

“In Islam , when one suspects his wife of infidelity and is in doubt of the legitimacy of her pregnancy , he must raise alarm and inform his (own ) guardian and that of his wife immediately.
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“ But when a man continues having marital affairs with his wife even after the knowledge of the pregnancy , without showing contempt , then it means he has accepted the pregnancy .

“ That means he is the father to the child and would take full responsibility for the child , ” the judge ruled .

NAN recalled that the respondent , who was represented by a lawyer , was asked to present himself to the court on July 16 .

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Musa, during hearing of the case , had told the court that he denied paternity of the baby because she was given birth to five months after their marriage .

However , Aisha told the court that Musa knew of her pregnancy two weeks after their marriage and didn’ t show any sign of grief on the matter until the time she gave birth .

“ We continued enjoying our marriage even after the result of my pregnancy was revealed , ’’ she said .

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