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Sani Danja, Kano censorship board bicker over closure of photo studio

Popular Kannywood actor Sani Danja has accused the Kano State Censorship Board of shutting down his photo studio due to politics.

But the board said the company was closed down for not meeting the registration requirements.

Danja is an ardent supporter of the former Governor of Kano State Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Kwankwaso and the state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje have since parted ways in 2015.

“It has nothing to do with registration. There are people that are being targeted due to political differences. And I always tell people to see political differences as a good thing; if you are doing things without any challenge it would not be right,” Danja told the BBC Hausa service.

He said he had registered with all the relevant authorities before opening the company, including the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

However, the chairman of the Kano State Censorship Board, Malam Isma’ila Na’abba Afakallah, said the closure has nothing to do with politics but that of registration.

“There is no photo studio that we closed because of photography; it is possible the one you are talking about falls into the category of those that failed to register,” Afakallah told the BBC Hausa service.

He added that the studio owned by Sani Danja is not the only one affected, adding that hundreds of studios have been shut down for lack of registration irrespective of their political leanings.

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