Rahama Sadau denies blasphemy charge, says yet to receive court summons

“I haven’t received any police invitation or court trial,” - Sadau
Rahama Sadau

Rahama Sadau, an embattled Kannywood actress, refuted claims that she was accused of blasphemy and would appear before a Sharia court for posting what was perceived to be raunchy and racy images on social media, an act seen as counter to Islam's values.

On Tuesday, the thespian refuted the blasphemy charge in a series of tweets on her official Twitter account alleging that she was yet to be summoned by the Sharia court in Kaduna for sharing sensitive images on social media.

Rahama also denied claims that she was detained and tried for blasphemy over her fashion sense, adding that she was not arrested by the police or invited by any court of law.

She wrote:

“I have received many messages that I have been arrested and sentenced to jail earlier today.

“I have no idea where the news emanated from. I’m therefore calling on people to stop spreading FAKE and unfounded stories.

“I haven’t received any police invitation or court trial,” she added.

Reports say that the 'Sons of The Caliphate' actress, who was suspended under the aegis of the Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) by northern filmmakers for recently posting the raunchy images on social media, has been under police investigation for a while now, with the police alleging that blasphemous remarks had been caused by sharing the photos.

On behalf of the 'Concerned and Peace-Loving Muslim Ummah, a statement signed by one Lawal Muhammad Gusau listed several requirements that the actress must fulfil before she can defend herself in court.

According to the group, one of the condition is that the defendant’s lawyers must be Muslims by faith, as only a Muslim lawyer would understand the proceedings of a Sharia Court.

It added that the case against Sadau

“is a matter relating to the Hadiths of the Holy Prophet Muhammed and the glorious Holy Qur’an and not a matter relating to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”