A court in Kano, Northern Nigeria, has sentenced a musician to death for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad. The Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey sentenced 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif to death by hanging.
The judge, Aliyu Kani, gave the verdict on Monday after finding Mr Sharif guilty as charged. He was convicted based on Section 382 (b) of Kano penal code of 2000.
Mr Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis, was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet of Islam in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.
Following the incident, protesters burnt down the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah command’s headquarters.
The Hisbah is a Kano State-owned security outfit that enforces the Shariah law in the highly conservative state.
Mr Sharif’s father, Aminu Sharif, had disowned him, saying he was not living at his house when he committed the crime.
He also said that he did not share his son’s religious views.
“I want to categorically inform the general public that blasphemy is not my ideology, and I promise to arrest him (my son) and hand him over to security agents whenever he is found.
“If I had the authority to punish him by law, I will do that right away,” Aminu Sharif had said of his son.
On Monday, the court also sentenced one Umar Farouq of Sharada quarters of Kano metropolis to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for making derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument.
The judge said the convict committed the offence at a younger age, and his trial was delayed to enable him to attain adulthood as proscribed by Maliki Islamic jurisprudence and the administration of criminal justice law.
Both convicts have 30 days to appeal the judgment.
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Kogi Tanker Explosion: Photo of woman killed alongside her husband and three children
A couple identified as Mr and Mrs Olu Samson and their three children were killed in the Kogi tanker explosion which occurred on Wednesday September 23.
Most of the victims of the explosion which occurred around 8.30am in the Felele area of Lokoja, along the Lokoja/Abuja Highway, were school children and students of the state -owned Polytechnic located a short distance away from the scene.
It was gathered that the fuel laden tanker belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) suffered brake failure, rammed into five cars, two motorcycles and three tricycles, as it hurtled down the road, killing the occupants before bursting into flames.
The couple was said to be dealing in sewing machines and other tailoring materials at Borehole cantonment in Felele.
According to reports, Samson wanted to drop off his children at school as had become his daily routine before opening his shop.
The couple were on their way to drop off the kids at school when the incident happened. Confirming the report, one Winsome Rufus took to Facebook to mourn the family.
“Black Wednesday Indeed. Fire Accident At Felele Lokoja. Claim life’s.
RIP To Mr And Mrs Samson And Children (Mummy You Left Just Like That)
An entire Family Was Wipe Off From The Surface Of The Earth.”
Meanwhile, it was also gathered that a man from Okene allegedly lost his six children in the explosion.
Girl dies after her teacher flogged her for getting two math questions wrong
A schoolgirl has died after allegedly being beaten by her teacher for failing to answer two maths questions correctly.
The 10-year-old girl, identified by her surname Zhang, was a student at a primary school in the city of Guangyuan, central China.
According to the Xinhua News Agency, the teacher, identified by the surname Wang, beat the girl on September 10.
Zhang was beaten on her palms four times and ordered to kneel for four minutes, state-owned newspaper China Daily reports.
Feeling dizzy, she was sent to hospital by her grandmother and the teacher and was pronounced dead later that day at 3.30pm.
She also had her ears pulled and her head beaten, according to the Oriental Daily.
Medical experts found no wounds and an investigation into her death is under way.
The Cangxi county government has set up a task force and the teacher has been suspended from work, along with the school’s principal.
The victim’s grandmother told local media that she had a twin sister who was in the same class. She said Zhang looked close to fainting during the beating.
The grandmother also mentioned that Zhang was scared of her maths teacher, who she claimed often gave corporal punishment to students.
US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dies aged 87 after year long battle with cancer
US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the firebrand court justice who was known for her legal, cultural and feminist actions while serving in the highest court of the land, died Friday September 18, aged 87 after battling cancer, the Supreme Court has announced.
Justice Ginsburg, nominated into the supreme court by former president Bill Clinton, died from complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas, the Supreme court said in a statement.
She died at her home in Washington surrounded by family.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in the statement.
“We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.”
Known for her legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg served 27 years as a Supreme Court Justice. Her death will set in motion a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, as the presidential election nears.
Ginsburg’s death gives Republicans the chance to tighten their grip on the court with another Trump appointment that would give conservatives a 6-to-3 majority meaning that even a defection on the right would leave conservatives with enough votes to prevail in the Obamacare case, Dreamers and many other cases that will be brought to the supreme court this period.