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Blasphemy: UNICEF condemns imprisonment of 13-year-old-boy

by Kunle Awosiyan
Blasphemy

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has condemned and sought the immediate reversal of 10-year imprisonment with “menial labour” slammed on a 13-year-old boy, Omar Farouq, by the Kano State government.

Farouq was sentenced by the Kano State Sharia Court at Feli Hockey in Kano city, after he was found guilty and convicted for blasphemy on August 10, 2020.

Expressing concerns over the sentencing, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, said it was not only wrong but “negates all core underlying principles of child rights and child justice that Nigeria and, by implication, Kano State, has signed on to”.

 

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