Richard Ginika Izuora
Amnesty International on Thursday, August 13 called on Kano State government to reverse the death sentence on Yahaya Sharif Aminu for blasphemy.
Amnesty International criticised the sentence, calling it a travesty of justice.
Aminu was sentenced to death by a Sharia Court in Kano after he was found guilty of blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed.
The singer was reported to have committed the blasphemy in a song he composed and shared on social media.
The development had been criticised by many Nigerians, including a popular cleric, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, who wondered why a man would be sentenced to death over blasphemy when terrorists were being granted state pardon.
However, in a statement issued via its Twitter account; Amnesty International said, “The authorities of Kano State must immediately quash the conviction and death sentence of Yahaya Sharif Aminu, who was sentenced to death by hanging on spurious charges of blasphemy by the Kano Upper Shari’a Court.
“Kano blasphemy sentence is a travesty of justice. There are serious concerns about the fairness of his trial; and the framing of the charges against him based on Whatsapp messages. The imposition of the death penalty following an unfair trial violates the right to life.”