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Friday, August 28, 2020

Blasphemy: Kano State Governor Reveals Why He May Not Sign The Death Sentence

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Blasphemy: 
Kano State Governor Reveals Why He May Not Sign The Death Sentence

 

Kano state Governor has finally reacted to the death sentence passed on Aminu Yahaya Sharif a 22-year old, by an Upper Shari’ah Court for the offense of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet.

 

Kano state Governor in an interactive session with stakeholders held at the Government House in the state on Thursday announced his position on the judgement. 

The Islamic clerics and scholars, the Nigerian Bar Association in the State, Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria, Kano State, the Commissioner of Police and the Controller of the Nigeria Correctional Service And others we are present at the interactive session.

Ganduje said without any delay he would sign the warrant for the implementation of the judgement the moment he gets a judgement from the apex court of the land or after the expiration of the thirty days reserved for Aminu Yahaya Sharif to appeal the judgement.

“Kano State government has accepted the judgement passed on blasphemy and Also, has accepted the provision of the constitution of Nigeria that the person who is convicted has a right to appeal.

 

Until all the right of appeal are exhausted up to the Supreme Court the governor has no right to sign the warrant

 

Kano state government assure the people of Kano state that once all the means of appealing the judgement have been exhausted and the death penalty has been confirmed by the apex court of the Federation, the governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje would not waste time and will sign the warrant.

“Also if after 30 days , the convicted person does not appeal his case and there is no evidence that he has appealed the case, then the governor of Kano State also would sign the execution order” he declared.

 

While commending all those who participated at the meeting, especially the Ulama for their decision to support the rule of law should be applied, he task them to continue to promote peace and harmony in the state.

 

He also commended the court for its ruling of the case and commended all sections of the society for not causing trouble while the case was in the court.

 

Speaking at the interactive session, the Kano State Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association(NBA) Barrister Aminu Sani Gandaya expressed support for the judgement that the court and it ruling is a faction of the law. He also said that the the judgement will not be executed as law has made provision for the convict to appeal this judgement, adding that until the duration for appeal is exhausted.

 

It could be recalled that the convicted by an Upper Sharia Court in the state on the strength of Section 382 (b) of Kano Shari’ah Penal Code of 2000

 

 

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