The Kano State Magistrate Court has ordered the remand of two TikTok skit creators, Mubarak Muhammad (Uniquepikin) and Muhammad (Nazifi) for defaming Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state.
In one of their skits, the defendants painted the governor as a corrupt official who, among other dirty deeds, sold the majority of the state’s lands.
Following the reading of the allegations of conspiracy and defamation of the state helmsman, Uniquepikin and Nazif entered a plea of guilty.
The two Tikokers were then ordered to remain in prison detention as the case was continued to November 7, 2022 by Magistrate Court 58, Nomansland’s presiding magistrate Aminu Gambari.
Since the Daily Nigerian newspaper aired videos of Mr. Ganduje stuffing bundles of bribes in foreign currency into the pockets of his babanriga (flowing robe), he has been painted as a corrupt public officer.
The governor has a reputation for retaliating against opponents and journalists who call attention to his illicit business transactions with the state.
However, the governor’s defenders think that many of his detractors have political agendas.