The United Nations Children’s Fund has condemned the sentencing of a 13-year-old boy, Umar Faruk, to 10 years imprisonment with menial job after he was accused of blasphemy in Kano State, northern Nigeria.
In a statement , UNICEF representative in Nigeria Peter Hawkins said the organisation is deeply concerned about the sentencing.
The statement said that sentencing of this child of 13-year-old Omar Farouk to 10 years in prison with menial labour is wrong.
.He added that the sentencing negates all core underlying principles of child rights and child justice that Nigeria and by implication, Kano State has signed on to.
Meanwhile, the Kano State Government has refused to reverse the judgment despite condemnation from UNICEF.
Newsmen reported that the State Government has said that it will neither interfere nor change the judgement made by the Sharia court on the 13-year-old Umar Faruk.
The Shari’a court in Kano State has convicted Umar Faruk after he was accused of insulting Allah in an argument with a friend.
He was sentenced alongside 22-year old Yahaya Sharif Aminu who was also accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death by the Shari’a court on August 10, 2020.
Sharif was found guilty of blasphemy in a song shared on WhatsApp and got circulated in March 2020.