Popular Kano Based Musician Bags Two Years Jail Term For Singing Against Ganduje And Praising Sanusi
A singer who hails from Kano identified as Mohammed Yusuf also known as AGY has allegedly been sentenced to two years imprisonment – Reports state that Yusuf released an anti-Ganduje song which went viral – The hit song which dwells on the governor’s alleged avarice, creation of new emirates in the state and election rigging bagged the singer a jail term.
Report claims that a magistrate court in Kano has sentenced a singer, Mohammed Yusuf, to two years imprisonment for defaming the character of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, in his hit song. According to reports, Yusuf’s song which was intended to praise Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II contained some stanzas in which he outrightly defamed Governor Ganduje. Daily Nigerian reports that the singer, Mohammed, was arrested by the police on Monday, June 17 and arraigned before magistrate court at 72 Noman’s Land in Kano, presided by Aminu Gabari. It was gathered that the court found Yusuf guilty of three-count charges; of releasing a song without the approval of the Kano state Censorship Board, releasing a video without obtaining approval and defamation of the character of Governor Ganduje. The court found Mr Yusuf guilty of three-count charges (Photo:UGC) Source: UGC In the said hit song, the singer had stated that the governor can sell his wife, Goggo, because of money. Some lines in the song 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.”
According to the National President of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria ( PMAN) Pretty Okafor who spoke on the judgment, he said “the singer erred by singing about the governor by name and that there is nothing the association can do about the case.”
He added that “there is a way you can sing about somebody without mentioning their name and the person will know you’re singing about them.”