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Sharia Law: Kano judiciary submits Judgment to Femi Falana

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Kano State Judiciary has submitted certified copies of the Sharia Court judgment to the human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), to enable him to appeal the judgment that sentenced Yahaya Aminu to death by hanging for blasphemy.

Recall that a Sharia Court in Kano on Aug. 10, sentenced the 30-year-old musician, to death by hanging for blasphemy in degrading audio remarks against Prophet Muhammad, an act considered to have been done with the intention to hurt the feelings of Muslims faithful. against the Prophet.

The court granted him a 30-day grace to appeal the judgment, but he has been denied access to lawyers since his conviction.

However, The development came less than seven days to the expiration of the 30-day grace the court granted the convict to appeal the judgment.

The state Judiciary Spokesman, Babajibo Ibrahim, said “The judiciary received a request from the human right activist Femi Falana’s representative on Tuesday requesting details of the Sharia Court judgment, to enable him appeal the judgment and certified copies of the judgment were made available to him on Wednesday’’.

Meanwhile, National Officers of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), were denied access to Aminu as they were blocked by the Federal Correctional Centre in Kano.

NBA said in a statement on Thursday said it sent a two-member fact-finding team to the correctional facility where he’s being held to investigate the claim.

“They were further informed that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu was not represented by a lawyer during the trial at the Upper Sharia Court,” the statement read. “It is imperative that Yahaya is granted access to a lawyer of his choice.”

Sharif-Aminu’s conviction gained national attention last month and divided opinion with many condemning the severity of the sentence.

Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has condemned the action of the correctional facility, describing it as a gross violation of Sharif-Aminu’s rights.

“There are seven days left for Yahaya Sharif Aminu to appeal the court judgement of his death sentence and court officials are allegedly denying him access to his lawyers. Prisoners have the right to legal representation,” the organisation said

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Aug. 27th , has announced that he would happily sign his death warrant on expiry of the appeal deadline coming up next week.  Also, Ahmad Magaji, Controller, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) in Kano State, confirmed that the convict was in custody.

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