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Nigeria: Kano singer, age 22, appeals death sentence for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad}

Thursday 3 September 2020, by siawi3

Source: https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/yahaya-sharif-aminu-kano-singer-appeals-death-sentence-for-blasphemy/zfly7s0

Kano singer appeals death sentence for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad

Samson Toromade

Today September 3 2020 at 5:19 PM

Yahaya Sharif-Aminu says the sentence is a violation of his human rights.

Photo: Yahaya Sharif-Aminu [TheCable]

A Kano musician who was recently sentenced to death for blasphemy has appealed the judgement.

Yahaya Sharif-Aminu was on August 10, 2020 sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy by an Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Kano.
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He was accused of making blasphemous and degrading audio remarks against Prophet Muhammad, an act considered to have been done with the intention to hurt the feelings of Muslim faithful.

Even though the court granted him a 30-day grace to appeal the judgment, the convict was allegedly denied access to a lawyer, a claim confirmed by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

However, with the deadline of appeal expiring next week, Sharif-Aminu’s counsel, Kola Alapini, filed a suit at the Kano State High Court on Thursday, September 3.

The suit described the Kano State Penal Law 2000, on which the Sharia Court relied for his conviction, as unconstitutional, and a gross violation of his human rights.

Sharif-Aminu’s conviction gained national attention last month and divided opinion with many condemning the severity of the sentence.

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has announced that he would happily sign his death warrant on expiry of the appeal deadline.

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Source: https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/death-sentence-kano-judiciary-submits-case-details-of-convicted-singer-to-falana/y8ye9f2

Death sentence: Kano Judiciary submits case details of convicted singer to Falana

Today at 2:15 PM

Author: News Agency Of Nigeria Source: Pulse Nigeria

Kano State Judiciary says it has submitted certified copies of the Sharia Court judgment to the Human Right activist, Mr Femi Falana, to enable him to appeal the judgment that sentenced Yahaya Aminu to death by hanging for blasphemy.

Photo: Femi Falana accuses Buhari of nursing a third term bid (PM News Nigeria)

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the development came less than seven days to the expiration of the 30-day grace the court granted the convict to appeal the judgment.

Mr Babajibo Ibrahim, the Spokesman of the Judiciary, spoke with NAN on Thursday in Kano about the development.

Ibrahim said that certified copies of the judgment were presented to the Falana’s representative on Wednesday in Kano.

He explained that the Kano State Judiciary received an application by the human right activist, requesting details of the Sharia Court judgment, to enable him appeal the judgment.

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“The judiciary received a request from Mr Femi Falana’s representative on Tuesday and certified copies of the judgment were made available to him on Wednesday,’’ he said.

It will be recalled that a Sharia Court in Kano on Aug. 10, sentenced the 30-year-old Yahaya Aminu to death by hanging after his conviction of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, on Aug. 27, indicated his readiness to sign the death warrant, if the convict failed to appeal the judgment at the expiration of the 30-day grace.

Also, Ahmad Magaji, Controller, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) in Kano State, confirmed that the convict was in custody.

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Source: https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/yahaya-sharif-aminu-nba-denied-access-to-kano-singer/wy47ls5

NBA denied access to Kano singer sentenced to death for blasphemy as appeal deadline nears

Samson Toromade

Today at 10:16 AM

Sharif-Aminu’s right to appeal his conviction is set to expire next week, but he’s being denied access to lawyers.

Photo: New NBA president, Olumide Akpata, sent a fact-finding team to speak to the convict, but the team was denied access [Premium Times]

Attempts by national officers of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to gain access to a Kano musician who was recently sentenced to death was blocked by the Federal Correctional Centre in Kano.

Yahaya Sharif-Aminu was on August 10, 2020 sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy by an Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Kano.

He was accused of making blasphemous and degrading audio remarks against Prophet Muhammad, an act considered to have been done with the intention to hurt the feelings of Muslims faithful.

The court granted him a 30-day grace to appeal the judgment, but there have been media reports that he has been denied access to lawyers since his conviction.

The NBA said in a statement on Thursday, September 3 that it sent a two-member fact-finding team to the correctional facility where he’s being held to investigate the claim.

The association’s 1st Vice President, John Aikpokpo-Martins, and National Welfare Secretary, Kunle Edun, visited the facility on Wednesday, September 2.

When they requested to see Sharif-Aminu in order to verify the claim he’s being denied access to lawyers, the Controller of the facility and his Second-in-Command rejected their request.

“However, the said National Officers were able to confirm that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu has been denied access to any lawyer since his conviction.”They were further informed that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu was not represented by a lawyer during the trial at the Upper Sharia Court," the statement read.

The NBA said it will take further steps to ensure that the convict is given the opportunity to exercise his constitutional right of appeal.

“It is imperative that Yahaya is granted access to a lawyer of his choice,” the NBA said.

Sharif-Aminu’s conviction gained national attention last month and divided opinion with many condemning the severity of the sentence.

Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Wednesday condemned the action of the correctional facility, describing it as a gross violation of Sharif-Aminu’s rights.

“There are seven days left for Yahaya Sharif Aminu to appeal the court judgement of his death sentence and court officials are allegedly denying him access to his lawyers.”Prisoners have the right to legal representation," the organisation said.

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has announced that he would happily sign his death warrant on expiry of the appeal deadline coming up next week.

Source: Pulse Nigeria