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Singer AGY Gets Jailed For Two Years For Defamation

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The court  found him guilty of three-count charges of releasing a music single without the due approval of the Kano State Censorship Board, and defamation of the character of the state governor.

He was sentenced to six months each with an option of 50 thousand naira fine each for count 1 and 2, while on the third count, he was sentenced to one year in prison without an option of fine.

In a swift reaction, Pretty Okafor, national president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) has this to say:

“There is a way you can sing about somebody without mentioning their name and the person will know you’re singing about them. What AGY did was very wrong. It’s defamation of character and PMAN doesn’t support such. He sang it to please his fans but who is inside jail now?,”

His contentious lines in the hit song says : “Kano governor has already turned blind, I swear what you did is hurting us, For lucre, governor is more than a thief. For lucre, governor can sell out Goggo”. (Goggo, Governor’s wife).

 

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