Nigeria: Sharia court sentences two to death for blasphemy against Muhammad in Kano

An Upper Sharia Court, Rijiyar Lemo, in Kano, has sentenced two persons, Abdul-Inyas and Hajiya Mairo, to death for blasphemy against the Prophet of Islam. Nigeria is partly Christians, other religion and Islam, but the sharia law was adopted by some states in the muslim populated states and Kano was one of the states and such an offence carries a death penalty in the muslim dominated areas. In some states they are been tried in the civil court if it is committed in such state. This is not a national law but it is specific to each state that adopted it.

The offence, committed in early June, this year 2015 the people protested against the act and this triggered protest in Kano. When the law enforcement agents called upon that restored peace and normalcy. The demonstration was however promptly quelled by law enforcement agents.

A statement by the State Sharia Court of Appeal, signed by a man named Nasiru, said the two persons were found guilty under section 110 and section 382b of the Sharia Penal Court law year 2000.

“They are hereby sentenced to death,” the statement read.

The statement acknowledged that some Muslim faithful in Kano threatened violence if the accused were set free.

The court however freed Alkasim Abubakar, Yahya Abubakar, Isa Abubakar, and Abdullahi Abubakar, who were arrested alongside the two convicted persons.

A statement by the State Sharia Court of Appeal, signed by a man named Nasiru, said the nine persons were found guilty under section 110 and section 382b of the Sharia Penal Court law year 2000.
“They are hereby sentenced to death,” the statement read.
The statement acknowledged that some Muslim faithful in Kano threatened violence if the accused were set free.

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