Kano - A Nigerian Islamic court has sentenced a peasant farmer to death by stoning for having sex with his 15-year-old stepdaughter, a government spokesperson told AFP on Tuesday.
The Upper Sharia Court in the Alkalere district of the northern state of Bauchi on Monday sentenced 45-year-old Umar Tori to death for incest, Bauchi state spokesperson Mohammed Abdullahi said.
The presiding judge, Hashimu Husseini Dass, also sentenced the girl to 100 lashes with a whip despite her claim that she had been raped, he said.
Both defendants have been given 30 days to appeal the verdicts.
Northern Nigeria began reintroducing a strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law in 1999 after the end of military rule, but its implementation has been piecemeal and so far no defendant has been stoned to death.