Nine people have be convicted of blasphemy in Nigeria on June 25, 2015, and sentenced to death by the Sharia court of appeal on Rijiyar Lemo, northwest Nigeria. One of the men sentenced, Abdul-Inyas, leader of the Tijjaniyya Sufi Muslim sect, was accused of making statements against the Prophet Mohammad in one of his religious speeches. Hajiya Mairo was also named in the proceedings whereas the other seven were not. Reportedly, four others, Alkasim Abubakar, Yahya Abubakar, Isa Abubakar and Abdullahi Abubakar were arrested at the same time but were later released with no charges against them.
A statement was released to the public by the court which said that the nine persons were found guilty under Sections 110 and 382b of the Sharia Penal Code, 200. They were accused of stating that “Niasse was bigger than the Prophet Mohammad” reported the BBC. Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse has been credited with reviving the largest Sufi sect in the 20th Century.
The trial was conducted in secret with no public knowledge of the proceedings, the name of the judge and the name of the seven others convicted of the crime.