A maverick Islamic preacher and traditional healer who married 86 wives, Mohammed Masaba, has died aged 93.
His Personal Assistant, Mutairu Bello, who confirmed Masaba’s death, said that the preacher died in his residence in Bida, Niger State, on Saturday, after a brief illness.
“From Allah we come, to Him we shall all return; we announce the death of Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Bello Masaba this afternoon. He was aged 93, and died after a brief illness,” Bello told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in a telephone interview.
A sobbing Bello told NAN that his boss would be buried at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan 29.
The late Masaba was detained in 2008 for violating Sharia law by marrying more than 4 wives.
Masaba failed to obey the order by the Sharia Court, which said that he should let go of 82 of the 86 wives he had at the time (2008).
The case dragged into an Abuja High Court and he was released after 57 of the wives testified that they married him willingly.