An Upper Sharia Court in Kano State has sentenced nine persons including one Sheikh Abdul Nyas to death over blasphemous and inciting statements on the prophet of Islam.
Spokesperson of the Kano Sharia Courts, Ibrahim Baba-Jibo, made this known while addressing a news conference attended by Channels TV Correspondent, Idris Jibrin.
Early last month, a group of Tijjaniyya sect members, during Maulud in Kano, blasphemed the prophet of Islam and the action was followed by widespread protest in the state.
After series of hearing, the Kano State Upper Sharia Court, under Section 110 and Section 382B of the Sharia Penal Code 2000, the accused persons were sentenced to death.
However, four other persons namely Alkassim Abubakar, Yahaya Abubakar, Isa Abubakar and Abdullahi Abubakar were discharged and acquitted as they were not found wanting by the court.
It is therefore expected that the nine people will be executed once the Kano State Governor appends his signature on their execution form.
Former Chief Security Officer to former Head of State General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha on Friday said that he is considering instituting a legal suit against former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
This is over the letter the former president wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan accusing him of training snipers for the President.
He made the comment in Kaduna while speaking to journalists after he withdrew a suit he filed at an Upper Sharia Court against a prominent Islamic preacher in the state, Sheik Sanusi Khalil, who also accused him in December 2013, of training snipers for President Jonathan.
He said that he would take action on Obasanjo’s letter at the end of the investigation launched by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the matter.
Commenting on the current spate of bombings in the country, Al-Mustapha said that Nigerians must join forces on the war on terror, describing the recent bomb blast in Jos, Plateau State and Nyanya in the nation’s capital where hundreds of people were killed as very disheartening and disturbing.
Major Al-Mustapha also said that the Nigerian military is capable of winning the war against terror.