22-year-old Kano singer appeals death sentence

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The 22-year-old Kano singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu sentenced to death by a Shari’a court, over blasphemy has appealed the death sentence.

 Sharif was sentenced to death by hanging by the Upper Shari’a Court in Kano after he was found guilty of committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad in a song he shared on Whatsapp.

His family home was destroyed by angry youths who demanded for justice.

After he was sentenced to death by the court, Shariff-Aminu was given a grace period of 30 days to appeal the judgment.

TheCable reports that Sharif’s counsel, Kola Alanipini, in a suit filed at the Kano State High Court on Thursday, September 3, has asked the court to set the judgment aside. There were also reports on  Thursday morning that the copies of the judgment were handed to Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights lawyer.

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