Shariah Court Sentence 10 To Death By Hanging For Blasphemy In Northern Nigeria

Shariah high court in Kano Nigeria has sentenced 10 persons to death by hanging for blasphemy. Those sentenced were a Muslim cleric Abdulaziz Dauda and nine others.

There were sentenced for inciting people to perpetuate religious violence by equating Prophet Muhammad with the leader of another religious order during a public gathering at Kanu in August 2015.

The prosecutor, Lamido Abba Sorondinki said that the accused persons were found guilty after five witnesses and a policeman testified against them.

The accused however, still have the right to take the judgement to an upper appellate court for redressing. A modern version of the Muslim Law (Shariah) is practiced alongside Western-style in the mainly Muslim northern states in Nigeria.

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