- The Kano state government has been asked to immediately quash the death sentence handed down to a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu
- The demand was made by the global rights group Amnesty International
- The rights group described the conviction as a travesty of justice
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The Kano state government has been asked to immediately quash the death sentence handed down to a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu by a Sharia court in Kano state for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Mohammed.
The demand was made by the global rights group, Amnesty International (AI) in a tweet on Thursday, August 13.
The rights group described the conviction of the singer as a travesty of justice, adding that from all indication, the musician did not get a fair hearing.
It said the death sentence following the unfair trial violates Sharif-Aminu‘s right to life.
"The authorities of Kano State must immediately quash the conviction and death sentence of Yahaya Sharif Aminu, who was sentenced to death by hanging on spurious charges of blasphemy by the Kano Upper Shari’a Court. #Nigeria," AI said.
#Kano blasphemy sentence is a travesty of justice. There are serious concerns about the fairness of his trial; and the framing of the charges against him based on Whatsapp messages. The imposition of the death penalty following an unfair trial violates the right to life."
Meanwhile, a popular Nigerian pastor, Apostle Johnson Suleman has reacted to the death sentence handed to a musician by a Kano Sharia court for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.
The televangelist and the senior pastor and general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International faulted the Kano Upper Shari court for sentencing 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif to death by hanging.
The clergyman said the country that pardons terrorists want to kill a man for blasphemy. Suleman likened the verdict to self-deceit.
In another news report, an Islamic human rights group, Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), has denied link with Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP), an insurgent organisation in West Africa.
The group, in a statement on Tuesday, August 11, also denied collecting $200,000 from the terrorist group to "recruit young Fulani men living in the southwest" as claimed by San Louis Keita, former intelligence chief in Mali.
Speaking on the allegation, MURIC director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, described the reports as a wicked concoction and a lie from the pit of hell.
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