On Thursday, the Kano State High Court reserved its judgement on an appeal filed by a 30-year-old musician, Shariff Yahaya, who was sentenced to death for blasphemy by a Shariah Court in the state.
The convict had through his lawyer, Kola Alanipinni, appealed the conviction. The lawyer dragged the Kano State Government and the Attorney General of Kano State to court.
Alanipinni, at Thursday’s hearing declared that the judgment of the Shariah Court is unconstitutional, null, and void. He further requested that the court nullifies it because its a violation of his clients constitutional rights to freedom of expression and religion.
The lawyer also filed an appeal for the conviction of a 10-year-old and 17-year-old Umar Farouq, who were also sentenced and jailed for blasphemy.
But, the counsel to the State, Aisha Mahmud, urged the court to dismiss the appeals and affirm the sentences imposed on the convicts by the Sharia Court.
The judge, Justice Nuradeen Sagir, however reserved judgment to a day that would be communicated to both parties involved.
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