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Unicef Condemns Jailing Of Nigerian Teenager For ‘Blasphemy’

Hisbah ta gano kudade har sama da Naira miliyan 76 a shekara – Freedom  Radio Nigeria

The UN children’s agency Unicef has called on the Nigerian authorities to urgently review an Islamic court’s decision to sentence a 13-year-old boy to 10 years in prison for blasphemy.
The boy was convicted in August of making uncomplimentary remarks about God during an argument with a friend in northern Kano state.
Kano is one of 12 Nigerian states practising the Sharia legal system alongside the country’s secular laws.
Muslims form the majority in the north.

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The 13-year-old’s sentencing “negates all core underlying principles of child rights and child justice that Nigeria – and by implication, Kano state – has signed on to”, said Peter Hawkins, Unicef’s representative in the West African state.
On 9 September, the boy’s lawyer, Kola Alapinni, said he had filed an appeal against the judgement.
“This is a violation of the African Charter of the Rights And Welfare of a Child. A violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he added.
He told the BBC that no date had been set for the appeal to be heard in court.

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