A 22-year-old man Yahaya Aminu Sharif has been sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.
Khadi, Aliyu Muhammad Kani of the Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Quarters in Kano on Monday found Sharif, a singer, guilty of “derogatory comment” contained in one of his songs.
Sharif was sued for blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated that went viral via WhatsApp in March 2020. The Shari’a Court ruled that he should be hanged until he died.
Sharif’s case drew public attention on March 4 when hundreds of angry youths stormed the Kano Hisbah board headquarters in protest against what they considered as “an uncomplimentary assault on Prophet Muhammad.”
The youths accused the government and security agencies of unduly protecting Sharif and failing to punish him appropriately. The youths also invaded the accused’s family home and razed it down after he reportedly escaped.
The Shari’a court also sentenced one Omar Farouq of Sharada area of Kano to 10 years imprisonment for making “derogatory statements on the Almighty Allah” in public during an argument.
Meanwhile, two High Courts sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State have sentenced five persons, including a house help, to death by hanging for the death of a woman and a National Youth Service Corps member, Mrs. Helen Ibiba Bobmanuel and Sampson Worlu.
While Justice Silverline Iragonima convicted and sentenced one Telema Amaso, a house help, and his accomplice Ndubuisi Chukwuemeka for the death of Mrs. Bobmanuel in 2013, Justice Chinwendu Nworgu sentenced Chiwendu Alozie, Wilfred Jumbo and Gift Amadi for kidnapping and killing 28-year-old Worlu, a law graduate and corps member.
The judges pronounced that all the convicts must be killed for the deaths of the two persons.
According to the facts of the cases, the late Mrs Bobmanuel was strangled to death in 2013 at her residence by Amaso who lived and served the family for several years.
The victim was a widow and was reportedly alone with Amaso.
Worlu, a 28-year-old Law graduate, was kidnapped around Omuagwa airport area of the state by the convicts and others still at large.
He was later killed and buried after collecting N1 million ransom from his family members.
Via The Nation
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