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Kano singer sentenced to death for blasphemy denied access to lawyers as 30-day appeal period expires on September 9

Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a 22 year old Kano singer who was sentenced to death for blasphemy by an Upper Sharia Court in Kano

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), reveals that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a 22 year old Kano singer who was sentenced to death for blasphemy by an Upper Sharia Court in Kano, has been denied access to lawyers.

Falana noted that he had asked a lawyer to meet with the singer in prison, but was however denied access to him by prision authorities.

“I sent a lawyer to take up the case and meet with him (Sharif-Aminu) but he was denied access,” Falana said.

Femi Falana
Femi Falana

Sharif-Aminu has a 30-day appeal period which expires on September 9. The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had stated that if he fails to appeal the Sharia Court judgement after 30-days, he would not add a minute in siging his execution order.

Sharif-Aminu was accused of committing blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Anger by the song, youths in Kano burnt down his family house in Kano and asked Sharia Police, Hisbah, to ensure the death of the singer.

He was arrested and then convicted by the Sharia Court for violating Section 382(b) of Kano penal code of 2000.

Many groups and lawyers especially from the southern parts of the country have vehemently condemned the death sentence on the singer.

Amnesty International had stated that the singer was not even given a fair hearing in his trial and conviction.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Isaac king

    August 29, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Have heard people who caused or mocked God and later died stupidly and mysteriously,that shows the power of God in action,that truly,he is God who takes life and give as well,it is only God that can revenge better and show himself powerfully in such situation,who knows the will of God,like the bible says,if you beat your mother or father you stand caused, and most people who have done this don’t do well in life and at the end die stupidly,No man can fight for God,it is God that fights for man.

  2. Danny

    August 29, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    If he was denied access to counsel, that may not be an issue because prosecuting or the filing of his notice of appeal or appeal does not require his input. His judgment at the lower court is a public document and can be accessed by the counsel that represented him at the lower court. What is important is that his appeal is initiated and entered and same is served on the prosecution informing the concerned authorities of his appeal, that is sufficient at this stage.

  3. Danny

    August 29, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    If he was denied access to counsel, that may not be an issue because prosecuting or the filing of his notice of appeal or appeal does not require his presence or input. His judgment at the lower court is a public document, including his statement and can be accessed by the counsel that represented him at the lower court. What is important is that his appeal is initiated and entered and same is served on the prosecution informing the concerned authorities of his appeal, that is sufficient at this stage.

  4. Abba Mohd Haruna

    August 29, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    If femi falana truely wish’s to save the blasphemer sheriff from tral why don’t he just organize a protest in the city of kano nd see what would happen in the first five minutes

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