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Nigeria: Sharia law reaches Nigeria's south

Muslim leaders in Nigeria say they have introduced Sharia law in a southern state for the first time.
The BBC reports that in defiance of the authorities in Oyo State, the Supreme Council of Sharia says it has carried out a ceremony in Ibadan's central mosque to inaugurate a panel to rule on civil matters in the region. The leaders say the panel will be empowered to decide on matters such as marriage, divorce and land disputes.