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Kano Sharia Court Sentences Singer To Death For Blasphemy

A singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, in Kano State has been sentenced to death for blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad.

Sharif-Aminu, 22, was accused of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.

On Monday, he did not deny the charges brought against him.

An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state, thereafter, found him guilty and sentenced him to death by hanging.

Judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani said he could appeal against the verdict within 30 days.

The 22-year-old was convicted based on Section 382 (b) of Kano penal code of 2000.

Protesters had burnt down his family home and gathered outside the headquarters of the Islamic police, better known as Hisbah, demanding action against him.

According to the BBC, critics said the song was blasphemous as it praised an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the extent it elevated him above the Prophet Muhammad.

12 states across northern Nigeria use both secular law and Sharia law, which does not apply to non-Muslims.

Only one of the death sentences passed by Nigeria’s Sharia courts has been carried out since they were reintroduced in 1999.

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