In News by stephen abiodun on the 14th, September, 2020

Kano Singer’s Demise Sentence: Falana drags FG and Kano state authorities to African Fee

Kano Singer’s Death Sentence: Falana drags FG and Kano state government to African Commission

The Kano state authorities and the federal authorities have been dragged to the African Fee on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia, following a petition written by human rights activist, Femi Falana over the dying sentence issued to Kano singer, Sharif Yahya Sharif.

In the petition dated eighth September 2020, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria requested the fee to train its mandates and authority below the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights and pursuant to the fee’s order 100(1) Guidelines of Process, 2020.

Falana insisted that Nigeria has intentionally and willfully disregarded the request by the African Fee to the impact that African nations, together with Nigeria that also retain the dying penalty, ought to totally adjust to their obligations below the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and assure each individual accused of capital punishment truthful trial.

The petition learn;

“I’m writing to you on behalf of Sharif Yahya Sharif to ask the Fee to contemplate this request for provisional measures. The request is submitted at the side of our communication on behalf of Sharif Yahya Sharif convicted and sentenced to dying for blasphemy in Kano State of Nigeria.

“When the petitioner knowledgeable the Court docket that he couldn’t afford and safe the providers of a lawyer to defend him, the Court docket ordered the Authorized Assist Council to assign him a lawyer in order that the petitioner might take pleasure in entry to authorized illustration.

“Nonetheless, the order was disobeyed by the Authorized Assist Council. The Authorized Assist Council is the physique established by legislation to offer authorized help to indigent residents particularly in instances involving dying penalty.

“An enchantment on the Kano State Excessive Court docket in opposition to the conviction and dying sentence imposed on the petitioner has been filed, however we submit that the petitioner is not going to take pleasure in a good listening to, as he continues to face imminent execution by hanging.

“Nigeria is a state celebration to the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights however there’s a rising crackdown on human rights together with the rights to freedom of expression, peaceable meeting, and assault on the rule of legislation.”

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