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Court Fixes Nov.26, For Hearing Of Appeal Against Death Sentence

A High Court sitting in Kano on Monday fixed Nov. 26 for hearing in an appeal filed by Yahaya Sharif-Aminu against the judgment of an Upper Sharia Court which condemned him to death for blasphemy.

Those joined in the suit are Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General.

Mr Sharif-Aminu prayed for the court to set aside the lower court judgment, arguing that it was unconstitutional, null and void.

“Having grossly violated and conflicted with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

“Having violated the African Charter on human and people’s rights and the universal declaration of human right respectively,” he argued.

Sulieman Usman a representative of the appellant’s counsels, prayed for adjournment of the case to enable them appear before the court.

“The appellant lawyer are in Lagos, they served on a short notice on Oct. 22, we need more time to be in Kano,” he said.

However, counsel to the respondent Musa Abdullahi-Lawan told the court that no service addresses were provided when they served with first motion and affidavit.

The court therefore adjourned the case to November 26 for hearing.

An Upper Sharia Court had on August 10 sentenced the appellant to death by hanging after his conviction for blasphemy under Section 382 (b) of the Kano State Sharia Panel Code Law 2000.

Gregory University Uturu, Abia State
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