Teenager Omar Farouq, who was convicted by a Sharia Court in Kano for blasphemy after being sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, has left Nigeria.

Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum reported on its website that in Kano, Farouq was facing more threats to his life from some extremists.

Farouq was in 2020 handed the sentence after being accused of using foul language considered to be blasphemous toward Allah in a chat with his friend while he was 13 years old.

After Lagos-based rights counsel Kola Alapini appealed the judgment, the teenager was acquitted of the charges in January.

Museum Director Piotr Cywinski also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to pardon Farouq.

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However, announcing Farouq’s relocation, Cywinski said,

In order to avoid a possible attack, Omar had to immediately relocate following his release.

He did not disclose Farouq’s new location.

Cywinski said the polish establishment plans to help Farouq to build a new life. Depending on the amount raised, we plan to provide him with a new home in a safe environment outside the Kano state where he was accused and tried, pay for his education, and also compensate part of the costs incurred by the lawyers supporting him in Nigeria.

He added that due to legal regulations of museums operations in Poland, the fundraising effort and all related communications will be driven by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, of which the museum director is also president.

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