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Kano singer sentenced to death for blasphemy appeals judgment

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Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, the kano singer sentenced to death for blasphemy, has appealed the judgment that convicted him at the Kano State High Court.

The 22-year-old was convicted based on Section 382 (b) of Kano penal code of 2000 after he was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated on Whatsapp in March 2020.

In the notice of appeal filed on Thursday, Mr Sharif-Aminu included the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and the Attorney General of the state as respondents.

A judgment of Khadi Allyu Muhammad Kani of the Kano Upper Shari’a Court sentenced the musician to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad on August 10.

Despite the public outcry with rights groups seeking a reversal of the judgment, Mr Ganduje said he would sign the death warrant after all legal options has been explored. “I will not waste time in signing the warrant for the execution of the man who blasphemed our holy prophet of Islam,” the governor said during a meeting with clerics in Kano.

According to a copy of the court documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, the singer pleaded that the court should set aside the judgement because the law used to convict him was unconstitutional and conflicts with the Nigerian constitution, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Also, he argued that his confessional statement and plea in the court is legally irrelevant in the absence of a valid law criminalizing the alleged conduct.

He added that the Sharia law is only applicable and permissible in Islamic theocracies or countries whose constitution allows for such laws and not in Nigeria- a secular State with constitutional democracy.

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