Femi Falana, the lawyer to a Kano State musician, Sharif Yahaya has dragged Kano State authorities and the federal authorities earlier than the African Fee on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia over the case of his shopper.
Sharif was sentenced to dying by a Sharia court docket in Kano for blasphemy in opposition to the Prophet, and Mr. Falana is presently dealing with the attraction of the decision.
Falana in a petition dated eighth of September and addressed to the fee mentioned his shopper doesn’t belief the Nigerian authorities to provide his shopper truthful listening to.
He accused the Authorized help council of failing to assign a lawyer to his shopper throughout the trial on the decrease court docket.
“An attraction 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, ” the petition reads partly.
He additionally alleged that in Nigeria, “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.”