Falz Condemns Sentencing Of Kano Singer To Two Years Imprisonment For Releasing Anti-Government Song


Nigerian comical actor and rapper, Falz has condemned a court deicison to sentence another singer in Kano, Mohammed Yusuf popularly known as AGY to two years imprisonment for releasing an anti-government song which went viral.

A Magistrate’s court in Kano sentenced the artiste to jail on claims that he defamed the character of the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje in the viral song.

According to reports, Yusuf had recorded the hit song which mocked the governor’s alleged dollar bribe, creation of new Kano emirates and election rigging. However, he was arrested by the police last Monday night and arraigned before Magistrate Court 72, Noman’s Land presided by Aminu Gabari.

During the summary trial days later, the court found Mr Yusuf guilty of three-count charges of releasing a song without the approval of the Kano State Censorship Board, releasing a video without obtaining same approval and defamation of the character of Mr Ganduje.

On count 1 and 2, the singer was sentenced to six months each with an option of N50,000 fine each, while on count 3, the musician bagged one year without option of fine.

 Although the song was meant to praise the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II as the chorus implies, the singer lashed at the governor in some of the stanzas, saying the governor can even sell his wife (Goggo) because of money.

Part of the contentious lines read: “Kano governor has already turned blind, I swear what you did is hurting us, For lucre, governor is more than a thief, For lucre, governor can sell out Goggo”.

Reacting to the news, Falz took to his social media pages to condemn the court order, stating that the Governor could have sued instead of using his position as a machinery to harass citizens. Also, he urged anyone who knew the artiste to get in touch with him, as he wants to get justice for the singer.

He wrote:

“HATE to see stuff like this! This is 2019. Any individual who feels defamed by any statement made by another person can sue for libel or slander under the law of defamation. It is shameful to see public officers using the machinery of the state to harass citizens and attempting to hinder our inalienable freedom of expression.
Anyone who knows the musician Mohammed Yusuf personally should please get in touch with me. We NEED to contend this unjust sentence. #JusticeForMohammed”


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