20-YEAR-OLD STUDENT WHO IMPERSONATES EMIR OF KANO ON INSTAGRAM GETS 36 MONTHS PRISON SENTENCE

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A court has pronounced judgement on the 20-year-old student who had been acting as an impostor of Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Sultan Bello had run an Instagram account in the name of the Emir, using the social platform to make fraudulent activities. He was accused of demanding N1.4m from one Barka Sani, as well as different sums from others.

According to the prosecutor, Bello also collected money on the pretext that a 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.

The resident of Ja’oji New Court Road Quarters, Kano, was tried on a three-count charge of impersonation, cheating and defamation of character. Bello pleaded guilty to the charges and begged for leniency.

He has now been sentenced to 36 months imprisonment or to pay a fine of N30,000 for the crime. The Senior Magistrate, Hassan Ahmad, sentenced the convict to one-year imprisonment or pay a fine of N30,000 for impersonation.

Ahmad also sentenced the convict to another year imprisonment or pay a fine of N30,000 for cheating, and 12 more months in prison with option to pay a fine of N30,000 for defamation of character. 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. (LIB)

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