A 20-year-old student, Sultan Bello, has been remanded in prison custody by a Kano Senior Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly impersonating the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The accused, who lives at Ja’oji New Court Road Quarters, Kano, is facing a three-count charge of impersonation, cheating and defamation of character.
The Senior Magistrate, Hassan Ahmad, ordered the remand of the accused and adjourned the case till today for summary trial.
The accused pleaded guilty.
The prosecutor, Haziel Ledapwa, told the court that the accused committed the offences on February 27.
He said the defendant operated an Instagram page and dubiously posted himself as the Emir of Kano.
“The accused demanded N1.4 million from 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 told the court that the accused demanded the money on the pretext that an Hausa film actress, Zubaida Mu’azu, sang a song for him as the Emir of Kano.
“The accused requested the complainants to pay the said amount into the actress’ First Bank account number 3049986447,” he said.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene sections 132, 322 and 392 of the penal code.