Falz reacts after Kano-based singer, Mohammed Yusuf was sentenced to 2 years in prison for abusing his state governor in his song
Last week, a Kano-based musician, Mohammed Yusuf aka AGY was sentenced to two years in prison for defaming the character of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state in a song that he dropped.
He sang in the song: “Kano governor has gone blind, I swear what you did is hurting us, For lucre, governor is worst than a thief. For lucre, governor can sell out Goggo.”
After the song went viral, Yusuf was arrested by officers of the law on Monday, June 17, and arraigned before Magistrate Court 72, presided over by Aminu Gabari.
On his second arriagnment on Wednesday, June 19, the Singer was found guilty by the court of three-count charges of releasing a music single without the due approval of the Kano State Censorship Board, releasing a music video without obtaining the same approval and defamation of the character of the governor of the state.
Reacting to the news this afternoon, Nigerian singer and lawyer Falz condemned the punishment Given to Mohammed Yusuf and said: ‘it’s shameful to see public officers using the machinery of the state to harass citizens and attempting to hinder our inalienable freedom of expression.’
He wrote: ‘HATE to see event like this! This is 2019. Any person 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 singer Mohammed Yusuf in person should kindly get in touch with me. We NEED to contend this unjust sentence. #JusticeForMohammed.’