Abdulaziz Dauda popularly known as Abdul Inyass was sentenced to death by hanging, after Kano State Court of Sharia found him guilty of uttering blasphemous words against Prophet Muhammad ( SAW) and inciting violence.
Mr. Dauda was arrested on August 18, 2015 in Abuja and taken to Kano, where he faced trial on a two-count charge of blasphemy and rousing a crisis that led to the burning of a Sharia court and some vehicles.
It was recalled that Inyass, along with nine other persons, were apprehended sometime in May last year after they were said to have blasphemed against the Prophet during a Maulud (celebration of the Prophet’s birthday) in June 31 2015, which resulted in chaos. But for the prompt intervention of security men, the flame of violence was curbed from spreading to other parts of the state.
The other nine culprits were sentenced to death in June 2015; a verdict which had attracted lots of criticisms leading many to wonder how the Shari’a court could pass such a sentence on them.
The State counsel, Lamido Sorondinki, said five witnesses, including the police, had testified before the court.
An anonymous Counsel to the defendant, neither commented on the ruling nor possibility of appealing the judgement.