Gabriel Idibia, Kano
Tension may be rising in Kano as residents remain unease following a decision of the Appeal Court which freed Sheik Abdul Nyass and five others of allegation of blasphemy upon which a Sharia Court had found them guilty and sentenced them to death by hanging.
The state government had accordingly appealed for calm and stated its dissatisfaction with the decision.
In a statement signed by the Kano state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, the decision would be challenged at the Superior court.
According to the statement “Kano State Government is extremely shocked and dissatisfied with the ruling of the High Court of Appeal, Kaduna, for declaring Abdul Nyass and five others not guilty of the offence of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in an appeal filed before it by counsels of the appellants”.
The statement reminded that “the appellants were in last February found guilty for the offence of blasphemy against the person of Prophet Muhammed, may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him, and sentenced to death by Upper Shari’ah Court, Rijiyar Remo, presided over by Khadi Atiku Muhammad Bello”.
It disclosed that “the State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has already instructed the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice to file an appeal against the ruling of the Appeal Court immediately”.
The state government therefore urged the general public “to be calm, patient and exercise restraint as the State Government has vowed to continue to pursue the case with unwavering commitment until the accused persons were brought to book according to the provision of Islam”.