By Dare Lawal
Last week, an upper Shari’a Court in Kano State sentenced nine people to death for blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed.
The sentencing has now been hailed by the Kano State Government.
In a statement signed by the Halilu Dantiye, the Director general of media and communications to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, the Kano government hailed the judgement as a triumph of the rule of law.
The government noted that the judgment was a clear pointer to the fact that whoever breaks the law of the land would not be spared.
The statement thanked the people for not taking the law into their hand despite the “unwarranted provocation.”
The accused persons were convicted under Section 110 and Section 382B of the state Shari’a Criminal Procedure Law, 2000.
The Kano government also thanked Muslim clerics for helping to calm frayed nerves and preaching understanding during the saga.
The Shari’a Court was also thanked for its meticulous handling of the case and for disposing it in good time without subjecting it to unnecessary delay.
The statement further hoped that this would serve as deterrent to those who feel they can breach the peace in the state.
It stated further justified government’s resolve to look into the existing law which provides for the regulation of preaching and preachers in the state through the House of Assembly.