An Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Kano on Monday, August 10, sentenced a 30-year-old man Yahaya Sharif-Aminu to death by hanging on conviction of committing blasphemy. Aminu was found guilty for an audio post made on WhatsApp in February.
Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who lives in Sharifai Quarters, Kano Municipal was dragged to court on the count of inciting religious creed contrary to section 382 (6) of Kano State Sharia Panel Code Law 2000.
The case was tried by Judge, Khadi Muhammed Ali-Kani, who said the offence committed was against the Islamic Law. Ali-Kani, thereafter, sentenced the defendant to death by hanging under section 382 (b) of Kano State Sharia Panel Code Law 2000.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Aminu Yar-Goje had earlier told the court that the convict committed the offence on Feb. 28.
Yar-Goje alleged that on the same date at about 8:00 p.m. and 11:50 p.m, the convict with the intention to hurt the feelings of Muslims faithful, made a blasphemous post via a WhatsApp group platform named: “Gidan Umma Abiha”.
“The convict made blasphemous and degrading audio remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),” he said. In his submission before the court, Sharif-Aminu pleaded guilty to the charge.
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