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Court orders arrest of popular Hausa musician, Ado Gwanja

A Kano State High Court has ordered the Police to arrest a popular Hausa musician, Ado Isa Gwanja.

The court presided by Justice Aisha Mahmud gave the order on Monday.

The ruling upholds a previous decision from an Upper Sharia Court Bichi, which had issued an arrest warrant against the musician last year.

The matter was instituted by a private legal practitioner, Barrister Badamasi Gandu, on behalf of Kano Ulamas Forum.

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 The popular musician, Ado Gwanja and six others were dragged before the Upper Sharia Court, seeking leave of the court to arrest and investigate the activities of the defendants because “most of the things they did were against the moral teachings of Islam and cultural values of Kano State”.

Gwanja and others, however, rushed to the state high court seeking a restraining order against their arrest.

The court subsequently granted an interim order stopping the police from effecting his arrest pending a hearing in his fundamental rights enforcement application.

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However, on Monday, Justice Aisha Mahmud withdrew the earlier restraining order and directed police to arrest and investigate the musician.

It also barred the musician from performing at public events like wedding ceremonies pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The court ordered him to henceforth submit his music to the state film and videos censorship board for approval.

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