A self-acclaimed atheist, Mubarak Bala, has been convicted by a Kano state high court for blasphemy against Islam and the holy prophet Mohammed.
Justice Farouk Lawan, sentenced him to 24 month jail term for blasphemy.
Mubarak Bala, the 37-year-old president of the humanist association of Nigeria, pleaded guilty to all 18 charges and asked for leniency. He was arrested in 2020 in the neighbouring state of kaduna and transferred to Kano, his home state, and has been in detention since then.
A group of Muslims have filed a petition to the authorities accusing Mubarak Bala of posting uncomplimentary messages about Islam on social media.
Bala renounced his Islamic faith in 2014 and was taken to a psychiatric hospital before being discharged.