The Department of State Services (SSS), has released Ahmad Abdul, a Kano-based Islamic singer, who was arrested for releasing a blasphemous song.
Abdul was arrested for releasing an uncensored song titled ‘Barhama Gwaska’, perceived as blasphemous and capable of creating chaos in Kano State.
The Executive Secretary of Kano State Films and Video Censorship Board, Ismaila Na’abba Afakallah, who confirmed Abdul’s release on Monday, said he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.
Afakallah said he reported the singer to the DSS, which arrested him at a hotel where he had been hiding for days, in order to hide him from mob.
He added that the singer has been reunited with his family after spending days in custody.
“He has been released as he regretted and apologized over his offence, promising not repeat it again”, Afakallah said.
On why the board did not arraign him before a court of law, the Kano State Films and Video Censorship Board stated:
“We are not after arraigning people, we just want to see them repenting and rehabilitating. He has already regretted and apologised over the crime he committed.”
This is not the first time that singers in Kano would be caught in controversy over songs perceived as blasphemous.
In August last year, an upper Sharia Court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state sentenced Yahaya Sharif-Aminu to death, after he was found guilty of releasing and circulating a blasphemous song via WhatsApp.
The judgement was however quashed by a High Court in the state on January 21.