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Husband ordered to divorce 82 wives - keeps four

A Nigerian man has been forced to divorce 82 of his 86 wives, leaving a mere four spouses to keep him company.

The emir of Bida ordered Mohammadu Bello Abubakar, 84, to comply with the decree, which saved him from a death sentence.
He must divorce them all within two days.

Last week one of Nigeria's top Islamic bodies, the Jamatu Nasril Islam, sentenced him to death for having more than four wives.
The sentence was lifted but he was threatened with eviction from his home.

Earlier, Mr Abubakar had challenged Islamic scholars, saying there was no punishment stated in the Koran for having more than four wives.
'I have not contravened any established law that would warrant my being banished from the land.

'There is no law that says one must not marry more than four wives.'
'All my wives are with children and some of these are people I have married and stayed with for over 30 years. How can they expect me to leave them within two days?' he asked.

The former teacher and Islamic preacher lives in Niger State with his wives and at least 170 children.
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