A Kano Higher Sharia Court has sentenced Abdulaziz Dauda, popularly known as Abdul Inyass, to death by hanging after finding him guilty of blasphemy.
The verdict brought to its logical conclusion 9 months of trial conducted in secrecy.
Inyass and 13 others were arrested last May in Kano during a religious functions in the volatile city for blasphemy.
The man reportedly made some blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhakmmad during a Maulud festival held on June 31 last year.
Dauda was arrested and brought before the court on a two-count charge of blasphemy and inciting crisis that led to the burning of a Sharia court and some vehicles.
State counsel, Lamido Sorondinki, said five witnesses, including the police, had testified before the court.
An Upper Sharia court Rijiya Lemu had last year sentenced Inyass accomplices which included a woman and 8 others to death.
A statement by the Registrar, Kano Sharia court of Appeal signed by one Alhaji Nasiru last June stated that 8 persons were found guilty in accordance with section 110 and 302 of the penal code procedure, but Inyass sentence was delayed.
Abdul Inyas, Hajiya Mairo Ibrahim and 10 others were accused of making blasphemous statement against the Prophet of Islam, on May 5th at a religious gathering in honour of Sheik Ibrahim Inyass at Dala general area of Kano municipal.
The controversial Sheik Abdul Inyass is of Haqiqa (Realist) group, a mystical branch of Tijjaniyya movement with its headquarters in Senegal.
When the accused persons appeared in court on May 22nd thousands of youths who stormed the court to witness the proceedings burnt down the Sharia court.
This development may have forced government to conduct the trial in secret. But while the accused were in detention irate youths stormed and demolished Sheik Abdul Inyass residence located at Gaida, Kumbotso local government area of the municipality.
The statement further disclosed that Al Qassim Abubakar, Yahaya Abubakar, Isa Abubakar and Abdullahi Abubakar were discharged and acquitted by the court in tandem with sec 404 of Sharia criminal procedure.