I need no mercy, Islamic cleric, Abduljabbar, tells Kano court before death sentence
The 15-month-long trial of a Kano Islamic cleric, Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, ended on Thursday as an Upper Sharia Court presided by Ustaz Sarki Yola sentenced him to death by hanging.
Prior to his sentence, Abduljabbar refused the plea for leniency made by his counsel, accusing the presiding Qadi of premeditated sentiment against him.
He told the court that “… you twisted all my evidence, you turned around all my submissions, you have assigned words to me that I have never uttered.
“Deliver your judgement, and I am not asking for leniency at all. I want all my followers to know that I will die a hero and I don’t want you (the Judge) Ibrahim Sarki Yola to do me any favour or grant me leniency. This is my last word. Assalamu Alaikum.”
The court convicted the embattled cleric after finding him guilty of all the charges levelled against him.
The judge, in his sentencing, orders the state government to seize the two mosques belonging to Abduljabbar, and barred the media in the state from further broadcasting his teachings.
The judge said, “I am convinced that the prosecution counsel has done their part and proven their points beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Kabara was standing trial on the issue bordering on blasphemous statements against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), an act capable of inciting public peace.
He was charged in July 2021 by the Kano State government.
The convict was thereafter given 30 days to appeal the judgment or forfeit his right to appeal.
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