A Kano Upper Shari’a Court has handed a death sentence to a 22-year-old man for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.
The presiding judge Khadi Aliyu Kani gave the guilty verdict on Monday to Yahaya Sharif-Aminu.
Mr Sharif-Aminu, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis, was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.
The singer’s family home was burned by irate youths following the circulation of the song and a procession led to the Kano Hisbah Command’s headquarters in protest against his action.
The singer, said to be a follower of Tijjaniya sect, is a member of Faidha group, who are known for their preference of Ibrahim Nyass (a famous Senegalese Islamic scholar) over Prophet Muhammad.
The court also sentenced a man Umar Farouq of Sharada quarters in Kano metropolis to 10-year imprisonment for making “derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument.”