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TikTok stars are sentenced to be whipped 20 times under Sharia law

TikTok Mubarak stars Isa Muhammed and Muhammed Bula insulted Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state in the north of the country, where the Sharia legal system is practiced alongside the country's secular laws (file image)

TikTok stars sentenced to 20 whippings under Sharia law after mocking government official in Nigeria

  • Mubarak Isa Muhammed and Muhammed Bula insulted the Governor of Kano
  • The Sharia legal system is practiced there alongside the country’s secular laws.
  • The men were ordered to receive 20 lashes each, pay a fine and clear the court

TikTok stars who mocked a government official in Nigeria have been sentenced to 20 whippings under Sharia law.

Mubarak Isa Muhammed and Muhammed Bula insulted Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state in the north of the country.

Their video, in which they mocked Mr Ganduje for allegations of land grabbing, corruption and sleeping at work, was released last week.

They posted the clip on TikTok and Facebook and Muhammad, known as Unique Pikin online, was arrested along with Mr Bula.

TikTok Mubarak stars Isa Muhammed and Muhammed Bula insulted Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state in the north of the country, where the Sharia legal system is practiced alongside the country's secular laws (file image)

TikTok Mubarak stars Isa Muhammed and Muhammed Bula insulted Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state in the north of the country, where the Sharia legal system is practiced alongside the country’s secular laws (file image)

Their action was “capable of disturbing public order”, according to prosecution lawyer Wada Ahmed Wada, who said they defamed the governor.

Both men pleaded guilty and asked for clemency from the judge. However, the judge ordered them to receive 20 lashes each, pay a fine of 10,000 naira (£20) and clean the court for 30 days.

They also had to apologize to Mr. Ganduje on social media for their actions.

In Kano State, only Muslims are sentenced by a Sharia court. But it is one state, among 12 others, that practices Sharia among secular laws, as it is a predominantly Muslim region.

Their action was

Their action was “capable of disturbing public order”, according to prosecution lawyer Wada Ahmed Wada, who said they defamed the governor. Both men pleaded guilty and asked for clemency from the judge. However, the judge ordered them to receive 20 lashes each, pay a fine of 10,000 naira (£20) and clean the court for 30 days (file image)

The BBC reported that their lawyer, Bashir Yusuf, said they would not contest the judgment.

This is because they received a ‘non-custodial’ sentence and would not be imprisoned.

Condemnation of TikTok stars as the trend of social media stars grows in Nigeria using comedy as a medium to comment on society and political issues.

TikTokers accumulate thousands of followers and sometimes poke fun at public figures and post the videos on their accounts.

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