Kano Singer’s Death Sentence: Falana drags FG and Kano state government to African Commission


The Kano state government and the federal government have been dragged to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia, following a petition written by human rights activist, Femi Falana over the death sentence issued to Kano singer, Sharif Yahya Sharif.

In the petition dated 8th September 2020, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria asked the commission to exercise its mandates and authority under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and pursuant to the commission’s order 100(1) Rules of Procedure, 2020.

Falana insisted that Nigeria has deliberately and willfully disregarded the request by the African Commission to the effect that African countries, including Nigeria that still retain the death penalty, should fully comply with their obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and guarantee every person accused of capital punishment fair trial.

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