Court sends Kano musician to prison over new song

Sadiq Zazzabi

A court has remanded the embattled Kano singer, Sadiq Zazzabi, over his newly-released song.

The singer was arraigned before the censorship court in Kano for allegedly violating the state’s censorship board law which requires that a songs or movies should pass a censorship screening before it is released.

Sadiq released his song before the approval of the censorship board.

But the singer told PREMIUM TIMES he was being targeted because of his support for former Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso. The government denies the allegation.

Mr. Kwankwaso and incumbent Governor Abdullahi Ganduje have been at odds with each other, and their supporters have often clashed.

A summons seen by PREMIUM TIMES, said Sadiq was to present himself at the court at 10 a.m. Wednesday to defend himself for launching a song that was before the censors’ board.

The chairman Kano state censors board, Ismaila Afakallahu, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Sadiq will remain in prison till Friday.

“The sitting took place today and Sadiq was asked to be remanded in prison until Friday when the court will resume hearing on the case,” he said.

He insisted the matter was not about politics.

“Yes he actually brought the song for censorship and before we can grant him a certificate of approval, he went ahead to launch the song. For doing that he has faulted the censors’ board rule and we are charging him for that.

“Censoring a movie or song can take up to three weeks or more depending on the complexity of the song or film.”


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  • Chris

    I really don’t understand some parts of this country anymore apart from the general numerous problems we have already. So you send someone to jail just for releasing a song the censor board said they are still reviewing? And it feels normal when these people think about it?. This is not a normal thing but a disgrace and at times like these is when i feel greatly ashamed to call myself a Nigerian. They should release the man, it’s his talent he only showed and did not kill anyone or is it now a crime to release music even though it had not passed through the censor board yet? The least they could do as punishment is to fine him heavily if there are rules in place for that and NOT JAIL him like he stole or did something very drastic for them to take this unnecessary drastic measure. I stand with Sadiq Zazzabi because he has done nothing wrong in my view. These are the type of things we need to fight against as a country especially the people of Kano where this has happened. As you can see, this bullying is also a type of way of suppressing their people over there. This is a serious disgrace and i wonder when we are all going to stop this barbaric attitude we display at every opportunity we get.

  • Oluwafunmilayo Para-Mallam, mn

    So Kano sends a man to prison for singing a song and acquits another man for slaughtering an old woman in cold blood simply for being a Christian. But there is a God in heaven who sees all the oppression and injustice. At the appointed time, there shall be a visitation upon all evil. I weep for my country Nigeria. O cry the beloved country!