Kano court sentences man to death for blasphemy

A Kano upper Sharia Court has sentenced Abdulaziz Dauda, popularly known as Abdul Inyass, to death by hanging after finding him guilty of blasphemy.

The court upheld the death sentence passed on Mr. Dauda by a lower Sharia court.

Mr. Dauda was arrested on August 18, 2015 in Abuja and taken to Kano, where he faced trial on a two-count charge of blasphemy and inciting crisis that led to the burning of a Sharia court and some vehicles.

The man reportedly made some blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhammad during a Maulud festival held on June 31 last year.

State counsel, Lamido Sorondinki, said five witnesses, including the police, had testified before the court.

Counsel to the defendant, who craved anonymity, neither commented on the ruling nor possibility of appealing the judgement.

Five other accused persons had also received death sentence by the court in June.

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