Six people convicted by Islamic sharia courts in a northern Nigerian state are awaiting death by stoning, while 46 others are waiting for amputation, the official News Agency of Nigeria reported on Friday.
...The report did not say how many people were facing such penalties in 11 other northern Nigerian states that have criminal courts using sharia law. Such data is not collated centrally...
...Bauchi is one of 12 states in Nigeria's mainly Islamic north that adopted a harsh sharia-based criminal code eight years ago. The move alienated large Christian minorities and sparked bouts of sectarian violence that killed thousands...
It's not like they weren't warned. Authorities have helpfully distributed posters to describe various crimes and their consequences.
This poster depicts the crime on the left with the associated punishment on the right.
Crime: riding on a bike with a male.
Punishment: death by stoning.
Crime: stealing a cow.
Punishment: amputation of a hand.
I wonder if Archbishop Rowan Williams has seen these helpful posters?
Posters: Southern Illinois University Museum (exhibit by John C. McCall and Christey Carwile)