Court nullifies Kano singer’s death sentence, orders fresh trial

On Thursday, the judgement of an Upper Sharia Court sentencing singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu to death for blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad was nullified by the Kano State High Court.

Justice Nuradeen Sagir, who is the state chief judge, and his co-panellist Justice Nasiru Saminu ruled that the first trial was full of irregularities and that the appellant was not given a fair legal representation.

They submitted that the judgement by the Sharia Court contravened section 2-6-9 of the ACJN and that was done in nullity.

The judges ordered that the case be re-tried at the same court but that the appellant be given a fair hearing and full legal representation.

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