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Controversial cleric faces blasphemy charge, remands in custody

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[FILES] Kano. Photo/facebook/drabdullahiumargandujeofr/

A Kano upper Sharia court sitting at Kofar Kudu on Friday ordered the remand of controversial Kano cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Sheikh Nasiru Kabara in prison custody.

Sharia Khadi, Ibrahim Sarki Yola, gave the order pending the ruling on charges of blasphemy, incitement and sundry offences against Abduljabbar.

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Blasphemy charge under section 382 of Kano State Penal Code Law 2000 as amended, is a capital offense which attract maximum punishment of death sentence upon conviction.

Kano State Police command had arraigned the clergy man before the Sharia jury following his alleged mortifying comments against the companions and sacrilege of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

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Police spokesman in the state, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa who confirmed the development, disclosed the charges were instituted against Abduljabbar based on the advise from the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Kano State.

Kiyawa, who confirmed that the accused was still in Police custody clarified that he would be moved to the correctional custody on Monday as directed by the Sharia Khadi.

Also confirming the case, Commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba disclosed that Sheikh Abduljabbar, famous for his controversial religious commentaries and statements that are regarded as statements mortifying the companions and sacrilegious to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) has been charged to court for blasphemy.

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Garba in a statement said that the development followed the receipt of the First Information Report from the police by the Office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for justice which prepared charges against the cleric.

Sharia Khadi Yola has adjourned the case till July 28, 2021 for hearing on the blasphemy.

Abduljabbar recently lose ground to team of Kano based Islamic scholars at a public debate where he woefully failed to substantiate his self acclaim jurisprudence against the companions of Islam.

The development had prompted the debate panel led by Prof. Salisu Shehu of Bayero university, Kano, to recommend appropriate sanctions including legal action against Abduljabbar.

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