The death sentence passed by a Kano Upper Shari’ah Court Rijyar Lemo on 5 people last November over blasphemous statement against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was upturned on Monday, May 23, by the State High Court sitting at Audu Bako Secretariat.
The judgment conducted by two Judges was however delivered behind closed doors
In deciding the matter, the court was convinced that, the accused were not given fair trial therefore it discharges and acquitted them on all charges.
The accused, Maryam Sayyada, Abubakar Faira, Abdul Inyas and 2 others were earlier arrested after a maulud lecture organized at Tudun Madatai Quarters in the metropolis were the offence on blaspheming the Holy Prophet was committed.
Angry mob not satisfied with the snail speed of their trial late last year, burnt down the Upper Shari’ah Court at Rijiyar Lemo before they were said to have been transferred to Kaduna in order to douse the mounting tension generated by the blasphemous persons.
One of the accused who was facing the trial was reportedly died due to an undisclosed illness, which reduce the number of the accused to four.
Last November, an Upper Shari’ah Court presided over by Khadi Atiku Muhammad Bello sitting at Rijiyar Lemo quarters found the accused guilty and sentenced them to death by hanging for blaspheming the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The trial had generated a lot of tension in the state with security apparatus on high alert to avert breach of peace and public order.
Meanwhile, Kano state Attorney-General Barrister Haruna Mohammed Falali has vowed to challenge the Court ruling, saying that it negates the principles of justice.
He expressed the determination of the state government to appeal the case up to the Supreme Court in ensuring that justice is done to the culprits which will deter anyone with similar intention.