- Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, the Kano singer sentenced to death for blasphemy has appealed
- Sharif-Aminu was sentenced to death by hanging on August 10
- Governor Ganduje had said that he would not waste time to sign Sharif-Aminu's death warrant if he fails to appeals with 30 days
Barely six days after Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said he would sign the death warrant of a musician sentenced by that a Shari’a court in Kano for blasphemy, the accused, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, has filed an appeal.
TheCable reports that he was sentenced to death by hanging on August 10, after he was found guilty of committing blasphemy in a song against the Prophet Muhammad.
Legit.ng had reported the judgement generated controversy among many Nigerians.
The Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria was said to have asked Kano state government to execute the court judgment.
Governor Ganduje had also said he would not waste a minute to sign Sharif-Aminu’s death sentence if he failed to file an appeal within 30 days.
But in a suit filed at the Kano state high court on Thursday, September 3, Kola Alanipini, Sharif-Aminu’s counsel, asked the court to set the judgement aside.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, declared his readiness to sign the execution order of 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who was sentenced to death by a Sharia court for alleged blasphemy.
It was reported that Ganduje made the disclosure on Thursday, August 27, during a meeting with religious clerics in Kano state.
He said he was in support of the death sentence passed on the singer for blasphemy, arguing that what the court did was right. He stated that he will not waste any time in signing the death warrant of the singer.
In another report, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) took steps to intervene in the reported case of Sharif-Aminu, who was sentenced to death blasphemy in Kano state.
The lawyers' association in a statement issued by its publicity secretary, Ernest Nduka, indicates that the NBA president, Olumide Akpata, has set up a two-man fact-finding committee to look into the matter.
The committee is mandated to visit the federal correctional centre in Kano to find out the circumstances surrounding the reported refusal of the authorities to allow lawyers access to the convict.
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.
The lawyers association gave assurance that it shall take further steps in ensuring that 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.
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