Kano Musician, Yahaya Shariff-Aminu,who was sentenced to death by a Shari’a Court on August 10, for blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed,has been denied access to lawyers even as the 30 days period of appeal draw closer.
The musician has until September 9 to appeal his sentence but the authorities refusal to grant him access to lawyers seemed a deliberate attempt to seal his fate.
The Kano State governor and a group of Muslim adherents including the Muslim Lawyers Association in Nigeria have publicly supported the sentence condemning Shariff-Aminu to death .
It was gathered that a notice of appeal was yet to be filed in court on his behalf.few days to the expiration if his period of grace
It has also been learnt that many human rights lawyers are afraid of taking the case for fear of being lynched .
Shariff-Aminu 22, who is a resident of Kano was accused of blasphemy in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March, 2020. Shortly after,his family house was burnt down by irate youths.The matter was reported to Hisbah, the law enforcement arm of Shari’a, demanding the death of the musician.
The musician who went into hiding was arrested, hurriedly tried and convicted for breaching an aspect of the Islamic law.