By James, Michael Igiri
A Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano, on Monday sentenced 20-year- old student, Sultan Bello
to 36 months imprisonment for different count charges bordering on impersonating the Emir of Kano,
Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convict who resides at Ja’oji New Court Road
Quarters, Kano, is being tried on a three-count charge of impersonation, cheating and defamation of
The prosecutor said that the offences contravene Sections 132, 322 and 392 of the penal code.
Sultan Bello, had pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him, and begged for leniency; as a
result, Senior Magistrate, Hassan Ahmad, sentenced the convict to one year imprisonment or pay a
fine of N30, 000 for impersonation.
Ahmad also sentenced the convict to another year imprisonment or pay a fine of N30,000 for
cheating, and 12 more months in prison with option to pay a fine of N30,000 for defamation of
The Magistrate also ordered the convict to make arrangement with the six nominal complainants on
how he would pay them back the sum of N1.85 million he dubiously collected from them.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Haziel Ledapwa, while narrating the story that led to the arrest told the
court that the accused committed the offences on February 27, after operating an Instagram page on
which he dubiously posed as the Emir of Kano.
“Bello also demanded N1.4 million from one Barka Sani, N150,000 from Sadiq Saflan, N50,000 from
Sadiq Sani, N50,000 from Aisha Ahmad, N50,000 from Surajo Zakari and N150,000 from Yahaya,
totalling N1.85 million.”
Ledapwa said the convict also requested and collected money on the pretext that a Hausa film actress,
Zubaida Mu’azu, had composed a song for him as the Emir of Kano, therefore asking the
complainants to pay the said amount into the actress’ First Bank account number 3049986447.