Actress Rahama Sadau was not sentenced to death – Bashir Ahmad

President Buhari’s personal assistant on new media Bashir Ahmad has debunked reports that Kannywood actress Rahama Sadau has been sentenced to death for blasphemy.

There have been rumours widely circulating on social media that Rahama Sadau was arrested by the police and had been sentenced to death over photos of her wearing a backless gown she posted on social media a few days ago.

Debunking the reports, Buhari’s media aide, Bashir Ahmad wrote:

“I don’t see any good intention in spreading the fake news about Rahama Sadau, I have said it before and I am saying it now, @PoliceNG didn’t arrest Rahama or anyone else. Any news about her arrest or her being sentenced to death should be regarded as fake news and incitement.”

Rahama Sadau caused a heated controversy among Muslim conservatives when she posted photos of herself wearing a backless dress. While others appreciated the photos and the beautiful photography, Muslim conservatives chided the actress and termed the photos immoral.

One man wrote a petition to the IG of police alleging that the photos had caused blasphemous remarks against Prophet Mohammed.

The petitioner in a press release on November 7 gave four conditions for Rahama’s case to be resolved. He said the police should convey her to a Sharia court, her lawyers must be Muslims, renowned Islamic scholars like Isa Pantami should be the judge of the day and that Arewa lawyers should not defend Rahama Sadau.

The actress has since deleted the photos and tendered an apology.

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