We’ve not passed Shariah law bill – House of Reps


The House of Representatives yesterday reacted to some media reports that the House had surreptitiously passed a Shariah law bill, the spokesman of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), said such reports were not true.

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Namdas who addressed House of Reps correspondents in Abuja said what is before the House is a bill that seeks to amend the criminal aspect of the Shariah law by first amending the constitution, which was referred to the constitution amendment committee.

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“I want to make a clarification on Shariah law. We don’t have any bill in the House called Shariah Law bill. What we have is that somebody made a proposal to amend the constitution to further allow an amendment of the criminal aspect of the Shariah Law, which was referred to the special ad-hoc committee to amend the constitution.

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“The bill seeks to amend certain parts of the Shariah legal system. But if the committee decides that the bill isn’t worth it, it ends there. But even if it gets back to the floor of the House, we’ll have to discuss it.

“So, no such bill was passed by the House. We should be guided please. It’s wrong to say we have done something that we haven’t done,” Namdas said.



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