Kano Sharia Court sentences singer to death for blasphemy

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An Upper Shariah Court in Kano on Monday sentenced a singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, to death for blasphemy.

The court sitting in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area and presided over by Muhammad Aliyu Kani convicted the accused of the offence of blaspheming Prophet Mohammed through WhatsApp.

A 17-year-old, Umar Farouq, was also sentenced to ten years imprisonment for insulting Allah.

The two convicts were said to be members of Tijjaniyya sect.

Reading the charge sheet, the police prosecutor, Inspector Yargoje said, “That you, Sharrif Yahaya, resident of Sharif quarters, Kano on 28/02/2020 between the hours of 20:00hrs to 23:00hrs with the intention to hurt the feelings of Muslim faithful made a post via WhatsApp group named “Gidan Umma Abiha” some abusive and degrading audio statements in which you called Prophet Muhammad PBUH a theist (Mushrik) who propagate Shrik and whose position is lower than that of INYASS in the hereafter.”

Yargoje told the court that the offence contravened Section 382 (6) of Kano State Shariah Penal Code Law 2000.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charges.

The Herald recalls some irate youths stormed Yahaya’s residence earlier in the year to demolish the building and cause mayhem after his songs went viral.

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

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