May 29, 2024

Kannywood actress Hadiza Aliyu, known as Hadiza Gabon, on Wednesday dragged one Bala Musa, a civil servant, to a magistrate’s court sitting at Daura Road, Kaduna, over alleged defamation of character.

The actress, who spoke through her counsel, Mr. Mubarak Sani, said she had suffered negative reactions and comments from the public due to the defendant’s false allegations against her.

He added that people, especially on social media, called Aliyu a cheat who had refused to marry Musa after collecting his money, an allegation “which was proved to be false”.

The defendant, through his counsellor, Mr. Naira Murtala, denied the allegation.

The Chief Magistrate, Shamsudeen Sulaiman, asked the complainant’s counsel if they had witnesses and they answered affirmatively.

The Chief Magistrate granted bail to the accused with the condition that he should present two reliable sureties who were residents of Kaduna State and must be civil servants.

He adjourned the matter to Nov. 15 for the complainant to present witnesses.

The defendant had filed a suit against Aliyu at Shari’a Court, Magajin Gari, in March 2022.

He accused the actress of refusing to marry him after he had given her N396,000.

The actress had then denied knowing Musa, saying she had never met or spoken to him before and had no relationship with him whatsoever.

The complainant’s counsel had presented a copy of the bank statement to the Shari’a court and told the court that some four people were the recipients of the money claimed to be sent to the defendant.

Two out of the four, Fatima Abdullahi and Abdullahi Yusuf, claimed to be the defendant’s friends and personal assistants.

They pleaded guilty for impersonating the actress and receiving money in her name, praying for the court to forgive them.

After a series of prayers by Murtala to transfer the case to an upper Shari’a court, the judge, Isiyaku Abdulrahman, dismissed the case on October 31 and discharged Aliyu.

He ordered the defendant counsel and his client to pay N500,000 to the actress for wasting her time.

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