According to the BBC, Mubarak Isa Muhammad and Muhammed Bula were sentenced in the northern Nigerian city of Kano by a magistrate’s court after entering their own guilty pleas.
The two were detained last week and charged with defaming Kano, Nigeria, governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
They had uploaded films mocking the governor for alleged land grabs, corruption, and napping on the job to their Facebook and TikTok sites.
The defendants pleaded guilty and begged the judge for mercy when they stood before the court.
However, in his ruling on Monday, November 7, 2022, Magistrate Aminu Gabari of the state Magistrates’ Court in Kano came to the determination that they should be given 20 lashes each, pay a fine of 10,000 naira (£20) and then clean the court premises for 30 days. Aside from the above-stated punishments, the convicts have also been ordered to render a public apology to Ganduje on social media.
When asked about the court’s decision and whether there was any hope for his clients, Bashir Yusuf, the attorney representing the convicted, told the BBC that he did not see the necessity for an appeal because the sentence was only “non-custodial.”
One of around a dozen jurisdictions in the area that practices the Sharia legal system alongside the nation’s secular laws is Kano State, which is located in northern Nigeria and has a mainly Muslim population. Sharia courts can only hear cases involving Muslims.
This court decision will undoubtedly make Nigerians who use social media reconsider the material they post on the various sites.