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Amnesty International Disapproves Of Two TikTokers’ Kano Prison Sentence

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Amnesty International has denounced the conviction of Mubarak Muhammad (Uniquepikin) and Nazifi Muhammad, two TikTokers, for allegedly defaming the governor of the northern Nigerian state of Kano.

The decision to detain someone to prison for a week without a trial, according to Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, is a flagrant breach of their right to a fair trial. He said it’s legal to mock individuals in positions of power. The Nigerian government must annul this horrifying judgment right away.

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“Amnesty International condemns the conviction of TikTok users Nazifi Muhammad and Mubarak Muhammad (Uniquepikin) for allegedly defaming the governor of Kano state in northern Nigeria. Remanding them in jail for a week without a trial is a flagrant breach of their right to a fair trial. It’s legal to make fun of those in positions of power. The Nigerian government must annul this horrifying judgment right away.

Authorities must promptly and unconditionally free Mubarak Muhammad and Nazifi Muhammad, he argued, as they were only ever found guilty of peacefully exercising their constitutional rights.

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“The right of everyone to freedom of expression must be respected, protected, promoted, and fulfilled by Nigerian authorities. The unreasonable court ruling to flog and penalize them is harsh and obviously intended to muzzle and prevent young Nigerians from using social media.

“These appalling sentences are the most recent to be handed down by Nigeria’s harsh judicial system, demonstrating the government’s utter contempt for the right to free speech. Mubarak Muhammad and Nazifi Muhammad must be quickly and unconditionally released by Nigerian authorities, who must overturn their terrible sentencing.

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Authorities must make sure Nazifi Muhammad and Mubarak Muhammad are shielded from abuse such as torture.

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“Nigerians who remark on social and political topics on social media are increasingly threatened. Some have experienced assaults and arrest threats. It is unacceptable to use repressive methods to restrict what Nigerians post on social media. This has to end.

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