Kano Upper Shari’ a Court sentences man to death by hanging
A Kano Upper Shari’ a Court on Monday sentenced a 22 – year -old man to death by hanging for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.
The Presiding Judge , Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani , gave the judgement after finding Yahaya Sharif – Aminu guilty as charged .
Sharif- Aminu , a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis , was accused of committing blasphemy against the Prophet in a song he circulated via
WhatsApp in March 2020 .
After the incident , protesters burned down the singer’ s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah Command’ s headquarters in protest against the singer’ s action.
The court has also sentenced one Umar Farouq of Sharada quarters in Kano metropolis to 10- year imprisonment for making “derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument . ”
Reports gathered that
aggrieved youths on March 4 staged a protest on the premises of the Kano Hisbah office , over what they described as an alleged blasphemous song against Prophet Muhammad.
While addressing the protesters , the Kano Hisbah Commander , Harun Ibn – Sina , said officials in the state were on top of the situation and that the man ’ s parents had been arrested and were under Police custody .
The protesters alleged that the nonchalant attitude of the government and the security agents in the state over the issue informed their decision to embark on the protest .
The convener of the protest , Idris Ibrahim ( popularly known as Baba Idris ), said , “ Our mission is to alert the government to do the needful; otherwise , we will take the law into our own hands . ”
Idris , who said similar incidents had occurred in the state without any action from the relevant authorities , warned that they would not allow Sharif – Aminu ’ s case to go unpunished.
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Sharif – Aminu had composed a song containing alleged derogatory verses against Prophet Muhammad, which ignited violence against his family members .
But the family house of the singer, located at Sharifai quarters in the Kano Municipal Local Government Area , was set ablaze by irate youths who described the song as blasphemous .
Investigations revealed that the singer, said to be a follower of Tijjaniya sect , is a member of Faidha group , who are known for their preference of Ibrahim Nyass ( a famous Senegalese Islamic scholar ), over Prophet Muhammad.
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