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Three women in Gada community of Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State have been arraigned before a Sharia court in Gusau, the state capital, for desecrating the Holy Qur’an.

Some accused, Rabi Bello, Hazira Bello and Hafsatu Isah, who were brought before Sharia court judge Garba Sahabi Gusau, were charged with desecrating the Holy Qur’an by staining it with blood collected after child birth and throwing it inside a toilet.

The evidence tendered before the court included the stained Holy Qur’an, 77 syringes full of blood collected after child birth, other Islamic books, a paper bearing the name of one of the suspects and many other things related to the alleged crime reportedly sanctioned by a necromancer identified simply as Tukur.

The women were said to have carried out the ritual to make money, according to the prosecutor. The judge adjourned the case to March 3. 

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In 2019, cases of dumping pieces of the Holy Qur’an in public toilets surfaced in Gusau, prompting security operatives to make arrests and prosecutions on the order of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

Such acts are widely believed to have been masterminded by ritualists.

Some clerics have said such acts had direct linkage with the calamities that had befallen communities in the State.

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