Kola Alapinni, a human rights lawyer, has mentioned blasphemy doesn’t exist underneath Nigeria’s constitutional legal guidelines, though some northern Muslim states recognise it underneath their Sharia legislation.
The lawyer, who had prior to now defended these accused of blasphemy in lots of Nigerian courts, additionally demanded justice for a feminine pupil of the Shehu Shagari School of Schooling in‪ Sokoto State, Deborah Yakubu, after she was killed for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad (SAW).





SaharaReporters had reported how Deborah was violently stoned to dying and later set ablaze by the indignant mob who have been largely college students of the faculty.
In a press release on Friday, Alapinni berated Atiku Abubakar, presidential hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) for deleting social media posts condemning the killing of Deborah.
The assertion learn, “We had barely left the Court docket of Attraction, Kano Division yesterday after we heard of the ugly homicide of Ms. Deborah Yakubu, a pupil of the Shehu Shagari School of Schooling, Sokoto for making an allegedly blasphemous assertion. Sarcastically, we have been on the Court docket of Attraction to argue the enchantment of Yahaya Aminu-Sharif (popularly often known as the Kano singer).
“Sadly, after over a 12 months of delays and set-backs, the courtroom couldn’t type a quorum yesterday. Two judges have been unavoidably absent yesterday attributable to emergencies.
“Yahaya Sharif-Aminu and Omar Farouq Bashir had been sentenced by a Sharia Court docket in Filin Hockey, Kano in August 2020 by the identical decide, the identical day for making blasphemous statements. Omar Farouq obtained ten years imprisonment; Yayaha obtained the dying penalty. We obtained each penalties quashed. Omar was let loose. Yahaya was to be retried on the Sharia Court docket, therefore we appealed.
“If the enchantment had gone forward yesterday, it meant as we’d have been difficult the state on the inconsistency of the Sharia Regulation with the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the hypocrisy of the non secular legal guidelines and different constitutional points; a younger lady was being stoned and burnt to dying in Sokoto over the identical points.
“When the chips have been down, the state couldn’t defend the sufferer. The college safety workers have been overwhelmed by the mob motion. Jungle justice grew to become the order of the day.
“The underside line is that Nigeria has signed as much as some worldwide devices just like the African Constitution on Human and Political Rights (The African Constitution), the Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and naturally the Structure of Nigeria as it’s, is the bottom norm. The Sharia Penal Code, some features of the Sharia Legal guidelines and its software are incompatible to the Legal guidelines of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They can not stand.
“There’s nothing like blasphemy underneath Nigerian Legal guidelines. The state authorities hides underneath a piece of its Sharia legal guidelines that punish inciting statements or insulting statements to Prophet Muhammad. It must be examined on the Attraction Court docket and even on the Supreme Court docket. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see how this newest prevalence pans out.
“A former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar – who’s a Presidential hopeful – condemned the homicide of Deborah Yakubu via his tweet. He deleted it because of the backlash from largely Northern Nigerian muslims who threatened to not vote for him. You could want to learn between the traces.”

 

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