For impersonating Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, a Kano Senior Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced a 20-year-old student, Sultan Bello to three years imprisonment. The convict faced a three-count charge bordering on impersonation, cheating and defamation of character.
The accused pleaded guilty to the charges but begged the court to tamper justice with mercy.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Haziel Ledapwa, told the court that the accused committed the offences of the 27th of Feb.
He said the accused had an active Instagram page with which he posted himself as the Emir of Kano.
Ledapwa said: “Bello also demanded N1.4 million from one Barka Sani, N150,000 from Sadiq Saflan, N50,000 from Sadiq Sani, N50,000 from Aisha Ahmad, N50,000 from Surajo Zakari and N150,000 from Yahaya, totalling N1.85 million.”
He said that the convict collected the money on the pretext that an Hausa film actress, Zubaida Mu’azu, had composed a song for him as the Emir of Kano.
He requested the complainants to pay the said amount into the actress’ First Bank account number 3049986447.
The Presiding Magistrate, Hassan Ahmad, sentenced the accused to one year each for the crimes of impersonation, cheating and defamation of character or pay the sum of 30,000 for each offence.
The Judge also ordered the convict to make arrangement with the six nominal complainants on how he would pay them back the sum of N1.85 million he dubiously collected from them.
The offences contravened Sections 132, 322 and 392 of the penal code.