Teenager convicted of Blasphemy in Kano, relocates abroad

Teenager Omar Farouq who was acquitted after being sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by a Sharia Court in Kano, for blasphemy has relocated abroad.

Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and museum, in a post on its website said Farouq was facing further threats to his life from some extremists in Kano State.

Farouq was in 2020, handed the sentence after being accused of using foul language considered to be blasphemous toward Allah in a chat with his friend when he was 13-years-old.

The teenager was cleared of the charges in January after Lagos-based rights lawyer Kola Alapini appealed the judgement. Director of the museum, Piotr Cywinski, had also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to pardon Farouq.