Court Set Aside Death Sentence Against Kano Singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, Orders Retrial

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Respite seems to have come the way of Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, the Kano singer who was sentenced to death by an Upper Sharia Court for blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad as a Kano State High Court on Thursday nullified the judgement of the Upper Sharia Court.

The two judges, Justice Nuradeen Sagir, who is also the state chief judge and his co-panellist ,Justice Nasiru Saminu ruled that the first trial was full of irregularities and that the appellant was not given a fair legal representation.
The judges submitted that the judgement by the Sharia Court contravened section 2-6-9 of the ACJN and that was done in nullity.
They ordered that the case be re-tried at the same court but that the appellant be given a fair hearing and full legal representation.
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