A musician identified as Yahaya Sharif has been sentenced to death by a court in Kano, Northern Nigeria, for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.
According to reports, Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey sentenced the 22-year-old musician to death by hanging.
The convict who is resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis, was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet of Islam in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.
Following the incident, protesters burnt down the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah command’s headquarters.
The Hisbah is a Kano State-owned security outfit that enforces the Shariah law in the highly conservative state.
Reacting to this, Mr Sharif’s father, Aminu Sharif disowned him, saying he was not living at his house when he committed the crime.
According to him, he did not share his son’s religious views.
“I want to categorically inform the general public that blasphemy is not my ideology, and I promise to arrest him (my son) and hand him over to security agents whenever he is found.
“If I had the authority to punish him by law, I will do that right away,” Aminu Sharif had said of his son.
The judge, Aliyu Kani, gave the verdict on Monday after finding Mr Sharif guilty as charged. He was convicted based on Section 382 (b) of Kano penal code of 2000.
Meanwhile, the convicts have 30 days to appeal the judgment.