Nigerian challenges divorce order
A Nigerian man with 86 wives, Mohammadu Bello Abubakar, is challenging in a high court an Islamic decree ordering him to divorce all but four of them.
Local traditional rulers told him to divorce his wives by the end of August or be hanged or be kicked out of his home.
But federal judges ordered that the court must first decide if his human rights have been violated.
His lawyers say authorities in Niger State, governed by Sharia law, had no constitutional right to interfere. The court in the capital, Abuja, will hear his case on 18 September.
Mr Abubakar says there is no punishment stated in the Koran for having more than four wives.
"I have not contravened any established law that would warrant my being banished from the land," the AFP news agency reported him as saying.