On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development spotted a claim reported by several online platforms that northern actress, Rahma Sadau has been sentenced death for blasphemy.
The news reports claimed that the alleged sentencing followed Rahma’s photoshoot outfit which drew controversy in the north and among Muslims in the region.
Platforms that reported the claim that Sadau faces death sentence over blasphemy included: Zazzau 2TV, Murna Hausa Top TV, Hausa Blog TV, MNS TV, Celebrities Buzz, Nairaland, Flip TV, LUS Entertainment, Gossip, Omokoshaban and lfy
Some of the platforms went further to claim that President Muhammadu Buhari has also endorsed the death sentence placed on the actress.
Investigation conducted by CDD fact-checkers found that no death sentence was handed to the Kannywood actress by any court of law despite numerous online reports suggesting that.
CDD’s investigations show that on November 2, Rahma Sadau posted a picture of herself which has continued to generate controversy particularly within the Muslim community. The picture showed the actress wearing a deep cut dress (bare back) which later caused a blasphemous comment by one of the non-Muslim commentators on the page of Rahma.
The comment triggered a widespread anger from particularly northern Muslims.
After the blasphemous comments, the actress appeared in a video crying and apologizing to the entire Muslims for her action.
CDD confirms that at the time of writing this fact check Sunday, November 15, 20202, no death sentence has been handed to Rahma Sadau.
Actress Rahma Sadau has not been sentenced to death for blasphemy. President Muhammadu Buhari has also not endorsed death sentence on the actress as reported by many online platforms.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.
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