A tribunal in Kano has remanded a singer, Sadiq Zazzabi, in prison custody over his newly-released song, Kwankwaso Maza Bayanka.
The innuendo-laden song – allegedly sponsored by an ally of a former governor of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso – is critical of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
The singer was arraigned before a tribunal in Kano for allegedly violating the state’s censorship board law, which requires that songs or movies should pass a censorship screening before release.
The chairman Kano state censors board, Ismaila Afakallahu, confirmed that Mr Sadiq will remain in prison till Friday for releasing the song without approval.
“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.
“Of course he brought the song for censorship, but he released it before vetting and issuance of certificate of approval. 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.”