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Blasphemy: Falana appeals Kano Shari’a court ruling

Activist appeals death sentence on singer

Human rights activist, Femi Falana, has applied to appeal the ruling of a Kano Shari’a court sentencing singer Yahaya Aminu to death by hanging for blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad.

Kano state judiciary said it submitted copies of the judgment to Falana’s representative on Wednesday.

This is coming less than seven days to the expiration of the 30-day allowed by the law for a convict to appeal the judgment.

Babajibo Ibrahim, the spokesman of the Judiciary, said, “The judiciary received a request from Mr Femi Falana’s representative on Tuesday and certified copies of the judgment were made available to him on Wednesday.”

The sentence was passed on August 10.

On August 27, Kano governor Abdullahi Ganduje said he was ready to sign the death warrant, if the convict failed to appeal the judgment at the expiration of the 30-day grace.

Yahaya is still in custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.