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Sharia Court remands Kano Tiktoker Murja Kunya in another criminal suit



A popular Tiktok skit creator named Murja Kunya, 24, was ordered to be remanded in a detention facility on Thursday by an Upper Shari’a Court in Kano over allegations of defamation.

Three counts of criminal intimidation, injurious falsehood, and defamation of character are brought against the defendant, who resides in Hotoro Tishama Quarters in Kano.

Lamido Sorondinki, the prosecutor’s attorney, informed the court that the defendant posted the offence on her WhatsApp Status on January 29.

He claimed that on the same day, the defendant publicly shared a WhatsApp Status that defamed the reputations of Aisha Najamu and Ashiru Mai-Wushirya.

The defendant, according to the prosecutor, allegedly threatened the complainants in Hausa and made offensive statements about them.

But the accused entered a not guilty plea.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes the provisions of sections 391 and 393 of Kano State Shari’a Law.

Defence counsel Yasir Umar-Musa, made a bail application pursuant to sections 35 and 36 of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 as amended,168 and 172 of Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2019 Kano.

Presiding Judge Abdullahi Halliru failed to rule on the bail application but ordered the remand of the defendant in a Correctional Center and adjourned the matter until February 16, for hearing.

Ms Kunya is also standing trial before the Upper Shari’a Court over alleged breach of public peace and indecent act.

The prosecutor, Mr Sorondinki told the court that on August 30, 2022, a direct complaint was lodged by Barrister Muhd Ali Hamza and seven others at Upper Sharia Court, Bichi, Kano, to direct Kano Commissioner of Police to investigate the defendant alongside other Tiktoker s.

He alleged that between 2021 and 2022 the defendant conspired with colleagues; Mr 442, Safara’u, Dan Maraya, Amude Booth, Kawu Dan Sarki, Ado Gwanja, Ummi Shakira, Samha Inuwa and Babiana, all now at large.

“The defendants mimed a video song that violates moral, law, and custom of the people of the state.

“The video was released by Ado Gwanja and Kawu Dan Sarki(now at large) via Tiktok, Instagram”.

The defendant denied committing the offence.

Ms Kunya was charged with obscene or indecent act, continuance of nuisance and inciting breach of public peace contrary to section 355, 353 and 275 of Kano State Shari’a Law.

Sharia judge Abdullahi Halliru ordered the remand of the defendant in a Correctional Center and adjourned the matter until February 16, for hearing.

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