- The NBA has waded into the case of Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, the Kano singer sentenced to death for blasphemy
- Olumide Akpata, NBA president, set up a two-man fact-finding committee to look into the matter
- Though the committee has been denied access to Sharif-Aminu, the NBA vowed to ensure the convicted singer gets access to a lawyer of his choice to appeal the sentence
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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has taken steps to intervene in the reported case of a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, who was sentenced to death blasphemy in Kano state.
The lawyers' association in a statement issued by its publicity secretary, Dr Ernest Nduka, indicates that the NBA president, Olumide Akpata, has set up a two-man fact-finding committee to look into the matter, Channels TV reports.
The committee is mandated to visit the Federal Correctional Centre in Kano to find out the circumstances surrounding the the reported refusal of the authorities to allow laywyers access to the convict.
Legit.ng gathers that the committee has also visited the Correctional Centre and sought audience with the controller.
The second-in-command of the centre who attended to the committee said controller was not available. He also did not allow the committee to see the convicted singer.
Nevetherless, the lawyers association gave assurance that it shall take further steps in ensuring that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu is given the requisite opportunity to exercise his constitutional right of appeal and his right to be represented by a lawyer of his choice.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the death penalty issued against Sharif Aminu was backed by the Ulama and non-government organisations (NGOs) in Kano.
The group, under the auspices of Coalition of Ulama and NGOs in Kano state, in a statement issued by its chairman, Professor Musa Muhammad Borodo, said the prompt arrest and prosecution of the suspect saved the situation.
In another report, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to the death sentence passed on the Kano singer.
Adeolu Samuel Adeyemo, the Kano state chairman of CAN said the religious body was not in objection to the ruling because it is according to the position of Islam.
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