A Musician whose song mocked Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has been sentenced by a magistrate’s court in Kano has sentenced to two years in jail.
A Magistrate’s court in Kano has sentenced a musician, Mohammed Yusuf, to two years imprisonment for defaming the character of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in a viral song.
Mohammed Yusuf who is popularly known as AGY, recorded the his hit song which mocked the governor over his alleged dollar bribe, creation of new Kano emirates and election rigging.
The musician was arrested by the police and arraigned before Magistrate Court 72, Noman’s Land presided by Aminu Gabari.
According to Daily Nigerian, the court later 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 the governor, 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”.