The incident occurred in June, and last Thurday, an Upper Shari’a court sentenced them to death.
The Kano State Sharia Court of Appeal, in a statement, said the nine were found guilty under Sections 110 and 382b of the Sharia Penal Court law of 2000.
Reacting to the judgement, many took to Twitter to appeal for the sentence to be overturned.
The #SaveKanoNine hashtag began to trend, with many calling for higher-placed individuals and bodies such as Amnesty International to interfere.
Dear @amnesty Nine Nigerians have been sentenced to death for blasphemy in Kano. Perhaps you could address that as you address Nigerian Army
— Andrew Alli (@afalli) July 1, 2015
Nine Nigerians have been “sentenced to death for blasphemy” This would be ludicrous if not so tragic #SaveKanoNine
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) July 1, 2015
— Dupe Killa (@dupekilla) July 1, 2015
Nine People can add colour to the world and Nigeria. please lets fight against this injustice by a sharia court. #SaveKanoNine
— Sampson malachy (@IamMalachy) July 1, 2015
Nigeria cannot be an Islamic state. We have to #SaveKanoNine
— Rhodwell Ikekwame (@Rhodymite_) July 1, 2015
— Higeekay (@TeeOdetola) July 1, 2015
As you go about today, remember that nine Nigerians have been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a Sharia Court in Kano. #SaveKanoNine
— Ohimai Godwin Amaize (@MrFixNigeria) July 1, 2015