- A Kano Sharia court has sentenced a 13-year-old boy, Umar Farouq to 10 years in prison for blasphemy
- The boy was convicted by the same judge who sentenced a musician to death for blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed
- In another report, the United States has faulted the death sentence passed on the Kano singer
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An Upper Sharia Court in Kano state has sentenced a 13-year-old boy, Umar Farouq to 10 years in prison labor for blasphemy.
The boy was convicted on August 10, 2020, by Aliyu Kanu, the same judge who sentenced a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu to death for blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed.
According to Daily Mail, the boy was sentenced by the court for making derogatory statements toward Allah.
Baba-Jibo Ibrahim, the spokesman for Kano region justice ministry, said the boy bagged the 10 years prison term for making derogatory statements toward Allah in an argument with a friend.
Ibrahim said the court considered the boy's age as a minor and handed him the prison sentence to make him reform.
Meanwhile, the United States has condemned the death sentence passed on Kano singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a song he circulated on social media.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in a statement on August 11 said the Nigerian government must overturn the death sentence on the 22-year-old musician.
In another report, Primate Elijah Ayodele, a popular cleric known for his prophetic messages has called on the Kano authorities not to carry out the death-sentence passed on a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu over alleged blasphemy.
The preacher and leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church warned that the killing of the Kano-based musician will amount to spilling the blood of innocent.
According to PM News, Primate Elijah Ayodele gave the warning in a statement issued on Friday, August 14.
However, despite the criticisms that have trailed the Sharia court judgment, the Kano state council of Friday mosque Imams has urged Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to sign the death warrant of 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who was sentenced to death by a sharia court for alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.
The Nation newspaper, citing the Kano Focus, reported that the council commended the Upper Shari’a court for passing the death sentence on the musician.
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