Kano Tiktok comedians sentenced to 20 lashes for defaming Governor Ganduje
A Kano State Magistrate’s Court on Monday ordered that two comedians, Mubarak Muhammad and Nazifi Bala, be given 20 lashes for defaming the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on their Tiktok accounts.
The Presiding Magistrate, Aminu Gabari, in his ruling, also ordered the duo to sweep and wash the toilets on the premises of the Magistrates’ Court for 30 days.
He further directed that the 20 lashes be administered in public.
The Magistrate also ordered the convicts to pay a fine of N10,000 each for defaming Ganduje and another N10,000 for causing public disturbance.
He similarly ordered them to produce a video on social media to tender an apology to the governor.
The convicts had, on Friday, November 4, pleaded guilty to the two counts of defamation and inciting public disturbance slammed against them.
According to the First Information Report, the duo had on their Tiktok account defamed Ganduje.
The state governor has shown great intolerance for criticism and mockery on the social and traditional media, and has brought his critics before the law on a number of occasions, sometimes allegedly using his position to humiliate them.
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