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

TikTok stars receive 20 lashes under Sharia law after mocking government official in Nigeria

  • Mubarak Isa Muhammed and Muhammed Bula insult Kano . governor
  • The Sharia legal system is applied there in addition to the secular laws of the country
  • Men were sentenced to lash 20 each, pay a fine and clean the court

TikTok stars who mock a government official in Nigeria have been sentenced to 20 times with lashes under Sharia law.

Mubarak Isa Muhammed and Muhammed Bula insulted Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the northern state of Kano.

Their video mocking Ganduje for alleged land grabs, corruption and sleeping on the job was posted last week.

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

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

Their action was “capable of disrupting public order,” said lawyer Wada Ahmed Wada, who said he had defamed the governor.

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Both men pleaded guilty and asked the judge for leniency. However, the judge ordered them to give 20 lashes each, pay a 10,000 naira (£20) fine 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 convicted in the Sharia court. But it is one state, along with 12 others, that applies Sharia under secular laws, as it is a Muslim-majority territory.

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

The BBC reported that their lawyer, Bashir Yusuf, said they would not challenge the verdict.

This is because they were given a ‘non-custodial’ sentence and would not go to jail.

The condemnation of the TikTok stars as the trend for social media stars is growing in Nigeria, using comedy as a means of commenting on society and political issues.

The TikTokers gather thousands of followers and occasionally mock public figures and post the videos on their accounts.

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