By Yemi Adebowale
Nigerians have demanded freedom for nine citizens reportedly sentenced to death for blasphemy by a Kano State Sharia Court.
The sentencing drew unprecedented public outcry in the Nigerian social media Wednesday with calls on President Obama, United Nations, Amnesty International, Freedom House and President Buhari to intervene in rescuing the sentenced convicts via the Twitter hashtag #SaveKanoNine.
The death penalty for their alleged offence of blasphemy stands contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution as well as the global principles of human rights, Nigerians across religious and ethnic divides have argued.
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According to media reports, an Upper Sharia Court, Rijiyar Lemo, in Kano, has sentenced 9 persons: Abdul-Inyas, Hajiya Mairo and seven others to death for blasphemy against the Prophet of Islam.
The trial was done in secret, and details of its proceedings are yet to be made public. Even the name of the judge who conducted the trial is being kept secret.
Meanwhile, the Kano state government has expressed satisfaction that the rule of law was allowed to triumph in the case of a recent judgment by an Upper Shari’a Court, Rijiyar Lemo, in the state, which passed death sentences on nine persons for blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed (SAW).
The government noted that the judgment is a clear pointer to the fact that whoever breaks the law of the land will not be spared.