In News by stephen abiodun on the 17th, September, 2020

Kano court docket sentences 13-year-old boy to 10 years imprisonment for blasphemy, UNICEF reacts

Kano court sentences 13-year-old boy to 10 years imprisonment for blasphemy, UNICEF reacts

A 13-year-old Umar Farouq has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for blasphemy, by a Shariah court docket in Kano state, resulting in public outrage.

Umar was handed the jail sentence by Aliyu Kanu, the identical choose who handed a loss of life sentence on Kano musician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu for blasphemy, after being discovered responsible of utilizing “disparaging language on Allah” throughout a disagreement along with his good friend.

The United Nations Youngsters’s Fund (UNICEF) has now reacted to the judgement condemning it.

Peter Hawkins, UNICEF consultant in Nigeria insisted that the judgement contradicts the United Nations conference on the rights of the kid which Nigeria ratified in 1991. He additionally known as on the Kano state authorities to urgently reverse the sentencing.

The assertion learn;

“The sentencing of this little one –13-year-old Omar Farouk to 10 years in jail with menial labour is unsuitable.

“It additionally negates all core underlying ideas of kid rights and little one justice that Nigeria and by implication, Kano State – has signed on to.

“The sentence is in contravention of the United Nations conference on the rights of the kid, which Nigeria ratified in 1991. Additionally it is a violation of the African constitution on the rights and welfare of the kid – which Nigeria ratified in 2001, and Nigeria’s Youngster Rights Act 2003, which domesticates Nigeria’s worldwide obligations to guard kids’s proper to life, survival and growth.”

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