Daughter of a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God who allegedly converted to Islam, Charity Uzoechina, will remain at the palace of Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar until September 17, after she moved there four months ago following her conversion.
Her father Pastor Raymond Uzoechina had filed a suit before a High Court in Bida, seeking to stop the Sharia court from listening to his daughter’s case. The Etsu Nupe had been granted custody of Charity after she allegedly asked for protection from her pastor father who she said would kill her if he saw her converted to Islam.
The hearing could not hold on August 1 because of the ongoing conference of lawyers holding in Minna, which made the courts go on their annual vacation from August 5, to resume on September 15.
The Sharia court, which was to give its ruling on the prayer of Charity (Aisha) last Wednesday, August 1 in Bida could not also sit.
No date has been fixed for the ruling.
Charity who has adopted Aisha as her Muslim name, cannot be released by the Emir to either the parents or anybody until the case instituted by Charity is vacated by the Sharia court in Bida, Niger State.
The case of the girl was almost degenerating into a religious crisis as the girl’s father alleged that her daughter had been hypnotized, and demanded for her immediate release. But the Niger State Government waded into the crisis, and all parties involved seem to have made peace.