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Kano singer sentenced to two years in jail for making song about Governor Ganduje

Amadin Ogbewe

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A Kano singer identified as Mohammed Yusuf aka AGY, has been sentenced to 2 years in jail for making a song about Governor Ganduje which defamed him. 

The Kano singer had praised Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II in same song which went viral in the state. 

AGY who 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, was found 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.

AGY had alleged that the Governor could sell out his wife and First Lady of the state. 

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.”

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

The National President of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria – PMAN, Pretty Okafor who reacted to the court judgement, said AGY made a big mistake by mentioning the governor by name and that their is nothing the association can do about the case.

“There is a way you can sing about somebody without mentioning their name and the person will know you’re singing about them. What AGY did was very wrong. It’s defamation of character and PMAN doesn’t support such. He sang it to please his fans but who is inside jail now?,” he added.

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