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Falz vows to get justice for artiste facing two-year jail term for singing against Ganduje

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Falz vows to get justice for artiste facing two-year jail term for singing against Ganduje

Award-winning rapper, Falz, has vowed to get justice for Mohammed Yusuf, a singer who is facing a two-year jail sentence for defaming the character of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in a viral song.

According to reports the singer was arrested on Monday and arraigned before Magistrate Court 72, Noman’s Land presided by Aminu Gabari.

The song reportedly mocked the governor’s alleged dollar bribe, creation of new Kano emirates and election rigging.

Reacting to the news, Falz posted a screenshot of the headline by BBC pidgin, and said;

“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.”

Daily Nigerian reports during the summary trial days the court found Mr Yusuf guilty of three-count 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.

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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.

The singer lashed at the governor in some of the stanzas, saying the governor can even sell his wife (Goggo) because of money.

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Part of the song says: “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”.

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