Head shave: Ex-Barcelona star Haruna Babangida reports judge, demands damages

A former player of FC Barcelona Haruna Babangida, whose head was shaved in court last week in the orders of a judge, has sent a petition to Kaduna State Grand Khadi demanding justice.

In a letter of complaint dated Monday, January 18, 2021 and sent to the Grand Khadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Kaduna, the footballer, popularly known as Daddy, accused the judge Nuhu Falalu of defamation of character and assault.

The former Nigerian player, who said he felt embarrassed, disgraced and humiliated, is asking the Grand Khadi to grant him damages and penalise the judge.

The letter reads:

“My name is HARUNA BABANGIDA of the above stated address and I am a professional footballer in Europe, precisely Spain where I have lived and in my carrier as a footballer, I have equally built a reputation as a good footballer and a citizen of the said country i.e. Spain.

“Whereof, my complaint is predicated on the fact that on 14th January, 2021 when I was before the Sharia Court, Magajin Gari, Kaduna, the judge whose name is Nuhu Falalu before whom I appeared, insulted me as an irresponsible person because I have my hair style grown up which he described me as a rascal for leaving the kind of my hair style and also called me useless Christian.

“Sir, I only reported a case of fraud i.e., 419 before the Court, but the said judge ordered and I was detained in a cell and not only that, my hair was cut off in front of everyone in the court room and equaly assaulted simply because I only appeared in my professional training outfit as a professional footballer before the court.

“Thus, the said act of Judge Nuhu Falalu of Sharia Court, Magajin Gari, Kaduna has greatly damaged my personal character when he called me names as useless/rascal and stupid in public, and I know that have spent my life and talent responsibly.

“More so, I felt so embarrassed, disgraced, degraded and humiliated. I therefore seek your kind intervention to do justice and grant me damages for the wrong done to me and the judge be penalized.

Haruna Babangida (2R) alongside Barcelona academy teammates including Andres Iniesta (front) and Mikel Arteta (3L). Credit: The Athletic.

“Thank you in anticipation that you will do justice to my complaint.”

Dateline Nigeria learnt from credible sources that the judge had already been summoned over the matter.

Daddy is the younger brother of Tijani Babangida and Ibrahim Babangida, both former Nigerian professional players.

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