A Shariah court in northern Nigeria has ordered that two men have their right hands amputated for stealing a farmer’s bull. The decision by the Shariah court in Zamfara state came Friday. Continue reading after the jump.


In the Judge Muhammadu Abubakar’s ruling, the court will carry out the sentence against 23-year-old Auwalu Abubakar Tsaure and 22-year-old Lawalli Musa Tsaure on Oct. 8 during a market day for the public to witness.

The court estimated the cost of the bull at more than $800. The 23-year-old said he would appeal the sentence, while the younger man said he wouldn’t.

Nigeria, home to 150 million people, is largely divided between a Christian south and Muslim north. About a dozen northern states have a version of Shariah law in place, though harsh sentences are rarely carried out.