Blasphemy: Kano Cleric, Abduljabar Nasiru Kabara, To Die By Hanging

KANO – A Kano Shari’a Court has sentenced an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabar Nasiru Kabara, to death by hanging over blasphemy.

Kabara, who commands a large followership in Kano, was found guilty of making blasphemous statements against the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (SAW).

The Presiding judge, Ibrahim Sarki Yola, delivered the sentence in a court session which lasted over three hours amidst tight security.

The defendant was arraigned on July 16, 2021 by Kano State Government on four counts charge bordering on blasphemous comments against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The presiding judge, Ibrahim Sarki-Yola said the prosecution had proved their case beyond reasonable doubt.

“I Sarki-Yola sentenced the defendant to death by hanging for making blasphemous comments against Prophet Muhammad(PUBH)”, the judge said.

He also ordered the state government to seize all the 189 books the defendant tendered as exhibits to be taken to Kano State Library for public use, relying on section 331 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) Kano 2019.

“I hereby ordered the state government to seize the defendant’s two mosques he used in committing the offences situated at mushe and Sabuwar Gandu and should not be used.”

Sarki-Yola also ordered the general public, radio stations,TV stations to stop using the defendant’s preachings and pictures especially in any social media, adding that anyone found would be prosecuted relying on section 396(2) of Kano State ACJL 2019.

“The defendant did not follow the right path of preaching. He fabricated all the meaning of the hadith and made a blasphemous comment against Prophet Muhammad PBUH. i therefore find him guilty.

“The defendant has the right to appeal within 30 days”

He called on the general public and all Kano clerics to be careful with the word they use while preaching and translating, especially concerning Prophet Muhammad PBUH.

The Prosecution Counsel, Suraj Sa’eda urged the court to sentence the defendant for finding him guilty.

He said the defendant committed the offence on August 10, October 25 and December 20, 2019 while conducting his preachings at his two mosques.

“The defendant made a blasphemous comment against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his marriage with Nana Safiyya in hadith 1,365, 1,428, 2,326 and 5,120 Sahih-Bukhari and Muslim and posted it on his Facebook page Ashabul Kahfi.

Sa’eda said that the offence contravened section 382(b) and 375 of Kano State Sharia Law 2000.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The defense counsel, Aminu Ado-Abubakar, holding brief for Dalhatu Shehu-Usman, pleaded for leniency and urged the court to temper justice with mercy on behalf of the defendant.

“The defendant committed the offence based on how he understood the hadiths, My Lord it was a mistake.”

The defendant told the court that he had never seen the lawyer representing him.

The defendant said this is my last statement “after listening to how you my Lord twisted my evidence upside down and you said I made a blasphemous comment against Prophet Muhammad PBUH.

“I am not asking for leniency and I don’t want you the judge to temper justice with mercy on me because I did not commit the offence and I want to tell all my followers that I will die as a hero they should not worry.”

The prosecution counsel presented four witnesses and tendered memory cards as exhibits to prove their case against the defendant.

“The defendant defended himself, tendered 189 books as exhibit and a memory card of his preachings.”

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