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AI, SERAP condemn sentencing of TikTokers

Amnesty International and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, have condemned the court judgement sentencing two Tiktokers , Mubarak Muhammad and Nazifi Muhammad to prison for alleged defamation of character of the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

A Presiding magistrate Judge, Aminu Gambari, on Monday, ordered that the skit makers be flogged 20 strokes of the cane and remanded in prison.

In a statement, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the skit makers.

”The decision to remand them in prison for a week without trial is a brazen violation of their fair trial rights. Satirizing those in authority is not a crime. Nigerian authorities must immediately quash this appalling sentence.

“Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Mubarak Muhammad and Nazifi Muhammad as they are sentenced solely for peacefully exercising their human rights”, the statement notes.

Similarly, SERAP has called on the Kano State government to immediately release the two skit makers and reverse the sentence.

SERAP via its twitter handle, asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kano State governor to see to its demands or risk been dragged to court.

The magistrate also ordered the convicts to pay a fine of N10,000 each for defaming Governor Ganduje and another N10,000 for causing public disturbance.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu