Alleged blasphemy: DSS arrests Kano singer over controversial song

Alleged blasphemy: DSS arrests Kano singer over controversial song

  • The timely response of security agents over an alleged blasphemy averted a possible outbreak of law and order in Kano state
  • People accused of blasphemy in Kano state are usually tried by the Sharia Court and subject to a death sentence if found guilty
  • The executive secretary of the Kano state censorship board, Ismaila Afakallah, faulted the song which caused the religious dispute

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Kano state - A Kano-based singer, Ahmad Abdul, accused of blasphemy in his latest song has been detained by the Department of State Security (DSS).

The agency, however, released the accused on Friday, June 18, on conditional bail, The Nation reported.

DSS arrests Kano singer over alleged blasphemy
Ahmad Abdul told the DSS that he did not realise that the song violated Islamic teachings. Photo: Department of state security service
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The agency stated that it took Abdul into protective custody to avert likely violent reactions against him from Kano residents.

Abdul’s song reportedly created near chaos and violence, following reactions from his followers in Kano state.

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The singer, however, apologised for his comments, saying he made a mistake.

The musician said:

“I never knew the song was against Islamic teachings and could cause uproar. I wouldn’t have done it. But I have now understood the implication and I accept my mistakes.
“I hereby tender my heartfelt apology to Kano people -Ullamas, the government and the State Censorship Board.''

Premium Times reported that the executive secretary of the Kano state censorship board, Ismaila Afakallah, said he reported the singer to the DSS which arrested him.

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Afakallah stated that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

In another news, Senator Abba Moro has demanded the release of Elijah Odeh, a young barber arrested in Kano state over anti-Islam hairstyles, The Punch reported.

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The lawmaker representing Benue South senatorial district in the National Assembly in a statement by his media office on Sunday, February 7, explained that Odeh is from his constituency.

According to Maro, the barber was allegedly nabbed by a group of Muslims over claims that he cut hairstyles that were considered to be offensive to Islam and the Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW).


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