Femi Falana, a lawyer for the musician from Kano State Sharif Yahaya, brought the Kano State government and the federal government to the African Commission on Human Rights in Banjul, Gambia.
Sharif was sentenced to death by a Sharia court in Kano for blasphemy against the prophet, and Mr Palana is currently appealing the decision. In a petition to the committee on September 8, Palana said her client did not trust the Nigerian government and would provide her client with a fair trial.
He accused the Legal Aid Board of not nominating a lawyer for his client during the trial. Although the complainant filed a motion, we believe that he will not receive a fair trial, as he still faces an imminent hanging sentence. “I read part of the petition.
He also alleged that in Nigeria, “there is a growing crackdown on human rights including the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and attack on the rule of law.”