NIGERIA: Kano Islamic Court Sentence 9 People To Death For Insulting Prophet Muhammad
An Islamic court has sentenced nine people to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammad in the northern city of Kano in Nigeria.
The accused, who were all Muslims, had pleaded guilty, the head of Kano's religious police, Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, according to BBC reports.
The trial was speedily done in secret after a section of the court was burnt down by angry protesters last month.
It is not known if they will appeal against the sentence.
The alleged offence was committed last month at a religious gathering in honour of Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse, the Senegalese founder of the Tijaniya sect, which has a large following across West Africa.
The nine, eight man and a woman, were reported to have said that "Niasse was bigger than Prophet Muhammad", triggering unrest.
The venue was burnt to the ground by an angry mob and the nine were arrested,
"There has been consensus among Muslims scholars that insulting the prophet carries a death sentence," Mr Daurawa said.
"We quickly put them on trial to avoid bloodshed because people were very angry and trying to take law into their hands," he added.