Edited By Priyesh Mishra | NavbharatTimes.com | Updated:
- After Pakistan, musician received death sentence for blasphemy in Nigeria
- In March, violence erupted in the city after the musician’s song aired on WhatsApp, the miscreants also burnt the musician’s house
- Music court sentenced musician to death after hearing, sent 13-year-old companion to jail for 10 years
After Pakistan, a musician has now been sentenced to death for blasphemy in the African country of Nigeria. The musician was alleged to have commented against Prophet Muhammad in a song he promoted on WhatsApp. In March, riots erupted across the city due to the composer’s song. The composer’s house was also burnt by the angry mob.
Prophet Mohammad accused of commenting
According to the Daily Mail report, 22-year-old Yahya Aminu Sharif was sentenced to death on Monday on charges of blasphemy. He was arrested in March on charges of inciting riots and blasphemy. Police Inspector Aminu Yargoje, the investigator of the case, justified the verdict. He said that by giving such harsh punishment, people will be afraid of committing crimes in future.
Court gave 30 days to appeal
The Islamic court has given 30 days to appeal Yahya Aminu Sharif. A spokesman for the Kano region’s Ministry of Justice, Baba-Jibo Ibrahim, said the court pronounced the death sentence on the basis of Islamic laws. At the same time, the court sentenced 13-year-old Omar Farooq, a friend of Yahya Aminu Sharif, to 10 years in prison for supporting him in the case.
Sharia courts active in Nigeria
Islamic Sharia courts are active in Kano in Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria. These courts work closely with local civil courts. Sharia law is in force in this area in the year 2000, which provides for severe punishment of the culprits. Earlier in 2015, nine followers of Tijani Muslim sect were sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy.