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Blasphemy: Police launch manhunt on fleeing singer as youths hold protest in Kano

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Police in Kano have launched a manhunt on one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu over alleged blasphemous song against Prophet Muhammad.

Hundreds of youths had taken to the street on Wednesday, protesting the blasphemy and calling for action. 

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the singer is believed to be an extreme follower of Tijjaniya sect and a member of Faidha, a radical group within the sect known for deification of Ibrahim Nyass, a famous Senegalese Islamic scholar.

The protesters, had stormed the Kano Hisbah Board in large numbers in order to express their grievances over the incident. 

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Holding placards bearing different messages, the youths alleged that the government and the security agents in the state were reluctant to take action on the issue, which promoted their decision to protest against the blasphemy.

Speaking to journalists, the convener of the protest, Idris Ibrahim, popularly known as Baba Idris, said they came to notify the government to do the needful, otherwise they would take the law into their own hands.

He added that previously, similar incidents occurred in the state but the issue died naturally without any action from the state authorities.

According to him, they would not allow the incident go unpunished this time round.

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Mr Sharif-Aminu had composed a song containing derogatory verses against the Holy Prophet Muhammad, causing the Muslim youths to go after him.

It was reported that when the angry youth could not find him at home, they set ablaze his family home at Sharifai quarters in Kano Municipal Local Government Area.

While addressing the protesters, the Kano Hisbah Commander, Harun Ibn-Sina said officials in the state are on top of the situation, adding that the parents of the suspect had been arrested and are currently under police custody.

Also speaking, a representative of the state Police Commissioner, Habu Sani, told the protesters that the police were making efforts to arrest the fleeing singer.

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The representative of the CP, who identified himself as Hamza, urged the protesters to be law-abiding citizens by allowing the security agents to do the needful. 

He assured the gathering that the singer would not go unpunished.

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