- A Shariah court in Kano has sentenced Mati Audu to death by stoning for defiling a little girl
- Audu, a 70-year-old man, was convicted after confessing to have committed the offence
- The verdict is coming two days after another Upper Shari’a Court in the state sentenced Yahaya Sharif Aminu to death by hanging for blasphemy
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A 70-year-old man named Mati Audu has been sentenced to death by stoning for defiling a 12-year-old girl.
Daily Trust reports that Audu was convicted on Wednesday, August 12, by an Upper Shari’a court in Kano after pleading guilty to the offence.
Legit.ng gathers the presiding judge, Ustaz Ibrahim Sarki Yola, passed the judgement after Audu confessed to have committed the offence in three different sessions of the court.
Yola said the judgement was in line with the provisions of Islamic law which prescribes death by stoning for any married persons who is found guilty of the offence.
The verdict comes two days after another Upper Shari’a Court in the state sentenced Yahaya Sharif Aminu to death by hanging for blasphemy.
The singer had reportedly committed blasphemy against the prophet in the lyrics of one of his songs which he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.
The young man’s action was said to have led to angry youth burning down his family home after he went into hiding.
The youth were also said to have stormed the Islamic police in Kano known as the Hisbah to demand punishment for Sharif.
On Monday, August 10, 2020, Judge Aliyu Muhammad Kani sentenced Sharif to death by hanging. This led to jubilation among the youth especially the protest leader, Idris Ibrahim.
Idris had said that Sharif’s sentencing would serve as a deterrent to those who wanted to toe his path.
Mixed reactions have continued to trail the judgment as many Nigerians took to their social media accounts to register displeasure and consent.
While many felt the singer is protected by the freedom of speech under a law supreme that the one under which the Kano judgement was delivered, some Nigerians thoroughly condemned Sharif's action.
"If God is a living one then he does not need anybody to fight for him. And do they believe in judgement day, yes, then why do you pass judgement on earth?" a social media user queried.
Another user said: "But you can't sentence Boko haram and bandits to death by hanging, while we have our laws for everybody and they still have their own that means we have two countries in Nigeria."
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