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Court challenge tests authority of Islamic religious law in Nigeria

Court challenge tests authority of Islamic religious law in Nigeria

HAMZA IBRAHIM A Nigerian court reserved judgment on a challenge against sharia law in the mostly Muslim northern state of Kano in a case that will test the authority of Islamic religious law in Africa's most populous country. Nigeria's constitution is neutral on religion. The country is divided between the largely Christian south and mostly Muslim north. Kano is one of the foremost states that enforce sharia law, including the death penalty against blasphemy. In 2020, a 22-year-old singer, Yahaya Aminu Sharif, was sentenced to death while a teenager was jailed for 10 years by Kano Sharia Court over accusations…
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Blasphemy: Nigerian atheist jailed for 24 year

Blasphemy: Nigerian atheist jailed for 24 year

HAMZA IBRAHIM A Nigerian atheist and outspoken critic of religion was sentenced to 24 years in jail after pleading guilty to blasphemy charges in the largely Muslim northern state of Kano, in a ruling that puts a spotlight on religious freedoms in the country. Mubarak Bala Charges against Mubarak Bala are linked to comments he posted on Facebook in April 2020 that were critical of Islam and which authorities in Kano considered blasphemous and an insult to the religion, his lawyer said. When asked by Kano High Court Judge Farouk Lawan whether he had been coerced to enter a guilty…
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Auschwitz memorial director offers to share Nigerian boy’s blasphemy jail term

Auschwitz memorial director offers to share Nigerian boy’s blasphemy jail term

THE head of Poland's Auschwitz Memorial has written to Nigeria's president offering to serve part of a 10-year jail term handed to a 13-year-old boy for blasphemy. Piotr Cywinski requested a pardon for Omar Farouq, who was accused of making blasphemous statements during an argument and sentenced by a sharia court in Nigeria's northern Kano state last month. If a pardon was not possible, Cywinski said he and 119 other volunteers would take on the boy's punishment and each spend a month in a Nigerian jail. As the director of a memorial to a place "where children were imprisoned and…
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Nigerian musician sentenced to hanging for blasphemy

Nigerian musician sentenced to hanging for blasphemy

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER A Northern Nigerian musician from the state of Kano has been sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.  An upper Sharia court in the area of Kano stated that musician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, was guilty of committing blasphemy through a song of his, which circulated via Whatsapp back in February. Sharif-Aminu, who resides in the Kano Municipal, was taken to court by Islamic police on a count charge of inciting religious creed contrary to section 382 (b) of Kano State Sharia Penal Code Law 2000, a law which does not apply to…
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