The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, says it will offer free legal representation to the Kano singer, Yahaya Sharif, sentenced to death for blasphemy by an upper Sharia court in Kano.
The First Vice President of the NBA, John Aikpokpo-Martins, said this during a fact finding mission to Kano.
Aikpokpo-Martins said the condemned singer has not been given access to a lawyer of his choice as the window to appeal the judgement is drawing to an end.
However, the outgoing Comptroller Of Correctional Service Kano State Command, Ahmed Magaji, was reported to have said that some lawyers have written and obtained approval to see the singer at the facility dismissing media reports that access to the condemned singer is denied.
Sharif was sentenced to death on August 10 by the upper Sharia Court in Kano. He has 30 days to appeal if not satisfied with the judgement.
Kano Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has expressed readiness to sign Sharif’s death sentence if all legal issues are finalised.