While being in the limelight might make one feel larger than life, however, no one is above the law. Recently, Kannywood actress and social media influencer, Sadiya Haruna, was jailed for defamation of character. Daily Trust highlights some Nigerian actresses who have been sent behind bars.
Both in Kannywood and among many social media users in northern Nigeria, the name Sadiya Haruna is known for various reasons. The controversial actress who was first noticed in the industry in 2017 through her debut, “Bakon Lagos,” has been involved in several scandals, from once being made by a Shariah court to attend islamiyya school for six months as punishment for her unacceptably lewd and seductive dances on her social media accounts, to being banned from acting in the Kannywood altogether, in 2021. Recently, she was sentenced to a six-month jail term by a magistrate court in Kano for defaming her ex-husband on social media in which she called him a homosexual, pimp, among names.
In 2002, a High Court in Kano sentenced to death, a 39-year-old Kannywood actress, Rabi Ismaila, for the murder of her boyfriend. The court had been convinced that the actress lured her boyfriend, Ibrahim, to a picnic at Tiga Dam in Kano, poisoned him with a bar of chocolate and pushed him into the dam. She later escaped from prison on December 16, 2011, but was recaptured by the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Prisons Service with the support of men of the State Security Service. The actress who is also known as Rabi Cecelia was sent back to prison in 2017.
Ibinabo is a Nollywood actress and an ex-beauty queen who in 2009 was charged for manslaughter and reckless driving after she accidentally killed a certain Giwa Suraj in 2006. On March 16, 2016, she was sentenced to a five-year jail term by a Federal High Court in Lagos. She was however granted bail in the sum of ₦2 million and two sureties in sum on April 7, 2016, by a Lagos Court of Appeal.
On February 26, 2006, Fiberesima was driving along the Lekki-Epe expressway when she lost control of the vehicle, swerved into the inbound lane and rammed her car into Suraj Giwa’s car, resulting in his death. The deceased was a medical practitioner at the Lagos General Hospital.
At the Federal High Court, Lagos, the popular Yoruba movie actress, Taiwo Akinwande Hassanat a.k.a Yetunde Wunmi, was sentenced to three years imprisonment or one million naira fine. It was consequent of the actress’s admission of guilt in a drug trafficking case filed against her by the NDLEA.