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Kano comedians get 40 lashes for defaming Ganduje
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Two standup comedians in Kano state, Mubarak Isa Muhammad and Nazifi Muhammad Bala, on Monday got unusual punishments for defaming the character of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on their Tiktok accounts.

Kano State Magistrate Court presided over by Aminu Muhammad Gabari
on Monday ordered that the duo be thrashed 20 lashes of the cane.

Gabari also ruled that the two comedians will sweep and wash the toilets on the premises of the Magistrate Court located at Noman’s Land area of Kano metropolis for 30 days.

First Information Report had accused the entertainment duo of defaming Ganduje’s character on their verified Tiktok account.

“They will receive 20 lashes each, to be administered in the public. They should also sweep and wash the toilets of Justice Aloma Mukthar Court Complex in No-man’s-land,” the judge ruled.

The court also ordered the two accused to pay a fine of N10,000 each for defaming the character of Ganduje.

They will pay another fine of N10,000 each for “inciting public disturbance.”

Senior Magistrate Gabari similarly administered non-custodial terms against the convicts and ordered them to produce a video on social media tendering an apology to Governor Ganduje.

The convicts had pleaded guilty to the two-count charges of defamation and inciting public disturbance slammed against them.

It was gathered the prosecutor, Barr. Wada Ahmad Wada, the Principal State Counsel, Kano State Ministry of Justice applied for a summary trial against the comedians.