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Nigerian Islamic court sentences singer to death for blasphemy

Aug 11, 2020

By Reuters

An Islamic court in northern Nigeria sentenced a 22-year-old singer to death on Monday for blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad in a song he circulated on the messaging platform WhatsApp in March.

Kano state, in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, has Islamic Sharia courts that function alongside civil courts. While the courts are active, death sentences for blasphemy are unusual and the most recent, given in 2015 to nine followers of the Tijani Muslim sect, have yet to take place.

The man sentenced on Monday, Yahaya Aminu Sharif, is a resident of Kano city, the state capital that is also the commercial hub for the north. It was once a key stop on trans-Saharan caravan routes connecting Africa’s interior with the Mediterranean.

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