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Nigerian man faces stoning death
Amina Lawal
Ms Lawal was to be stoned for adultery but won her appeal last year
An Islamic court in northern Nigeria has sentenced a man to be stoned to death for having sex with his teenage stepdaughter, officials said.

Farmer Umar Tori, 45, was convicted of incest, according to a spokesman for a Sharia court in Bauchi state.

His pregnant stepdaughter was sentenced to 100 lashes for pre-marital sex.The pair have until 29 January to appeal.

Twelve northern Nigerian states have introduced Sharia punishments for criminal cases in the last few years.

Rape accusation

The court heard that the teenage girl's mother married Tori following the death of the girl's father 13 years ago.

Last September the teenager was found to be pregnant. She accused her stepfather of raping her in July when she had taken food to him as he worked in the fields.

The pair were later arrested by police and Tori later confessed to having sex with the girl on three or four occasions, Bauchi state spokesman Mohammed Abdullahi said.

The girl will not be whipped until she has had her baby, the Upper Sharia Court in Alkalere ordered.

Publicised case

Sharia courts impose strict Islamic laws, including floggings and amputations for transgressions like theft and adultery.

The introduction of Sharia punishment has been highly controversial, provoking international concern abroad and sparking religious violence within Nigeria.

Several stoning sentences have been passed down by Sharia courts however so far none have been carried out.

The most publicised case was single mother Amina Lawal, who was sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery in 2002.

In September last year she won an appeal against the verdict.

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