Sharia court in Kano Nigeria sentences musician to death over song allegedly against Prophet Muhammad

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A Sharia court in Kano State, Nigeria on Monday said it found a 22-year-old musician, Yahaya Aminu Sharif, guilty of using derogatory expressions against the Prophet Muhammed in one of his songs and sentenced him to death by hanging.

Nigerian singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.

Sharif had reportedly circulated the song on WhatsApp in March, prompting angry demonstrators to burn down his family house.

Media reports said that it wasn’t immediately clear how the lyrics violated the local blasphemy law and Sharif may appeal the verdict.

Speaking to AFP, the spokesperson for the Kano region justice ministry, Baba-Jibo Ibrahim, said that Sharif had legal representation during the trial that went on for four months.

The trial was reportedly held behind closed doors for security reasons.

Protesters had called for action against the musician
The Islamic police had appealed for people not to take the law in to their own hands after the song was released

Sharif is the second person to be handed a death sentence for blasphemy since several states in northern Nigeria reintroduced a stricter version of Sharia in early 2000s.

Many have also had their limbs amputated under the law.

Kano is one of the regions in the north where the Islamic law runs parallel to the state and federal justice system.

This comes weeks after a humanist, Mubarak Bala, was arrested by the police in Kano and issued death threats over a Facebook post said to be blasphemous against Prophet Muhammad, local media reported.

 

 

 

 

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