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TikTokers flogged for mocking govt official

Two TikTok stars in Nigeria were sentenced to whippings and forced to clean the courtroom after mocking a government official on social media.

Mubarak Isa Muhammed and Muhammed Bula were found guilty of slandering Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Their lawyer said they would not challenge the judgment.

Nigeria has seen a growing number of social media stars who use comedy to comment on social and political issues.

Last week, Mubarak Isa Muhammad and Muhammad Bala were arrested after posting videos – in which they mocked the governor for alleged land grabbing, corruption, and sleeping on the job to TikTok and Facebook.

Prosecution lawyer Wa,da Ahmed Wada said the men had defamed the governor and that their action was capable of disturbing public peace.

The TikTokers pleaded guilty and asked for leniency, but the judge ordered them to be given 20 lashes each, to pay a fine of 10,000 naira and to clean the court premises for 30 days. They were also ordered to publicly apologize to Governor Ganduje on social media.

Writing by Marian Benjamin; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu