Ganduje says musician sentenced to death for blasphemy can appeal at Supreme Court

Ganduje says musician sentenced to death for blasphemy can appeal at Supreme Court

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday, September 22, explained that a musician sentenced to death in Kano, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, can appeal the judgement up to the Supreme Court.

Ganduje said this during a briefing with State House Correspondents in Abuja after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

1st News had reported that Shariff-Aminu, 22, was sentenced by an upper Sharia court in Kano last August after he was found guilty of blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.

He did not deny the charges.

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Judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani, had said he could appeal against the verdict.

“He has already appealed,” Ganduje said on Tuesday.

“So that process is going on. And that process will continue up to the Supreme Court.

“For the time being, we are waiting for the judicial processes.”

On what he discussed with Buhari on Tuesday, Ganduje said he briefed the President on security matters in Kano and also thanked him for his support to the state during the critical periods of the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, Ganduje has inaugurated the state Governing Board of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Speaking at the inauguration on Tuesday in Kano, Gov. Ganduje emphasized his administration’s determination to enthrone appropriate governance and oversight structure for agencies of government.

He also said that the inauguration of the board was borne out of concern; to rightly position the agency to deliver much-needed services.

The governor who was represented by the Secretary to the  State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji, charged them to be dedicated to duty; and to also formulate policies that would move the scheme forward.

“Your appointments into the board should be seen as a clarion call to duty; and an invitation to selfless service,” he added.

In his vote of thanks on behalf of other board members, the Chairman, state NYSC Governing Board, Prof Abdu Salihi, promised to uphold the confidence reposed on them.

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