CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF TA’AZIR PUNISHMENTS UNDER THE KATSINA STATE SHARI’A PENAL CODE LAW, 2001

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CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF TA’AZIR PUNISHMENTS UNDER THE KATSINA STATE SHARI’A PENAL CODE LAW, 2001

Abstract:

The topic “Critical Appraisal of Ta’azir Punishments under the Katsina State Shari’a Penal Code Law, 2001” is considered a topic worth writing-on, especially with the implementation of Shari’a in most of the Northern States and Katsina State in particular. For convenience and clarity, the research work has been divided into chapters; touching on the historical background of Shari’a implementation in Katsina State. It has been pointed out in the work that even before the advent of the colonial period, people in Northern Nigeria have their own legal system based on the Qur’an, Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW), Ijma’s and Qiyas; some aspect of which were partially dislodged by the colonial masters. The work also attempted to distinguish between Ta’azir offences and their punishments related to Hadd offences, thereby citing examples of some Ta’azir offences as reflected in the Shari’a Penal Code Law, 2001 of Katsina State. A highlight was made on the re-adoption of Shari’a Legal System in Katsina State which was mainly due to the yearning of the populace living in the State.

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