Blasphemy: High Court nullifies death sentence against Kano singer, orders retrial

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

The Appeal Division of the Kano State High Court has set aside the death sentence passed on Aminu Yahaya Sherrif, a Kano singer who was last year sentenced to death for blasphemy.

The two-man panel of the court in a judgement on the appeal filed by the singer ordered a retrial of the case on the grounds that the whole proceedings at the lower court were characterised with irregularities.

Sherrif was in August 2020 at a Sharia Court in Kano sentenced to death by hanging for alleged blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).

He was arraigned on a one-count charge of insulting religious creed, contrary to Section 382(6) of the Kano State Sharia Penal Code Law 2000.

Sherrif was reportedly convicted over a WhatsApp post on February 28, 2020, where he allegedly called Prophet Muhammed a ‘mushrik’.

“On 28 February between the hours of 20:00hrs to 23:50 hours, you Sharif Yahaya Aminu, (M) 30 years old, Muslim of No 26 Sharifai Quarters Kano, with an intention to hurt the feelings of Muslim faithful made a post via a WhatsApp group named Gidan Umma Abiha, some abusive and degrading audio statements in which you called Prophet Muhammad S.A.W atheist, mushrik, who propagates shirk and whose position is lower than that of Inyass in the hereafter,” the First Information Report reads.

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