Human Rights

Kano musician appeals blasphemy death sentence

Kano musician appeals blasphemy death sentence


The last has not been heard of the death sentence hand a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, by a Shariah court in Kano over alleged blasphemy, as the singer has appealed the ruling.

Sharif was sentenced to death by hanging by the Upper Shari’a Court in Kano on August 10 after he was found guilty of committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad in a viral song.

After his was sentence was pronounced, Sharif was given a grace period of 30 days to appeal the judgement.

His counsel, Kola Alanipini, in a suit filed at the Kano State High Court on Thursday, September 3, asked the court to set the judgement aside.

The decision followed report Thursday morning that the copies of the judgement were handed to Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights lawyer.

Governor of Kano State,  Abdullahi Ganduje, had declared that the State Government has accepted the death penalty and would not waste time to sign the verdict if Sharif-Aminu doesn’t appeal after 30 days or if he loses the appeal.

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