The Kano State Government says it will apply to the Supreme Court for leave to appeal Court of Appeal judgement nullifying death sentence passed on Sheik Ab¬dulaziz Daud, popularly known as Abdul Inyass, and five others for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad.
A Sharia Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna recently quashed a judgement by an Upper Shari’ah Court, Rijiyar Remo in Kano, that sentenced the accused to death by hanging for blasphemy in February.
Expressing the state government’s dismay at the appeal court’s verdict, the Commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba, in a statement released earlier in the week in which he urged the people of the state not to take laws into their hands, said Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje had instructed the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice to file an appeal against the ruling of the Appeal Court.
It will be recalled that Inyass, who belongs to the Tijaniyya Islamic sect had last year’s May during the posthumous birthday celebration of Prophet Muhammad(Maolud) said leader of the sect, Senegalese born late Sheik Ibrahim Niasse, was holier than the prophet.
His comment threw the ancient city of Kano that is populated by the Qadiriyya, another Islamic sect into commotion.