The director general of the Kano State Film and Censorship Board, Abubakar Rabo Abdulkarim, was nearly lynched over the weekend.
Abdulkarim was rather ironically also noted as a former shariah law enforcer,
The censorship board has been
waging a scorched earth campaign against actors, musicians and producers in the state for allegedly promoting immorality. As a result, many artistes fled the state and now ply their trade elsewhere.
The trouble started when a police patrol team
accosted Abdulkarim after they saw his car parked in a secluded environment behind a mall with a young girl inside.
Abdulkarim, who insisted that the girl he was found with was his niece, said he was not having an affair with her. But when he
discovered he could not convince the contingent of policemen on night patrol on the propriety of having an under-aged girl in his car at such a late hour, he panicked.
A police source said when the patrol team attempted to arrest Abdulkarim he
took flight in his car.
While trying to escape however, he knocked down an official of the Kano History and Culture Bureau who was riding on a motorcycle.
This incurred the wrath of Okada riders, who thought that he had knocked down a
member of their union and promptly moved to give him a thorough beating.
He was only saved from a lynching by the police who had been in pursuit of his car.