Igbos In Kano Reject Release Of Blasphemy Killing Suspects

Igbos In Kano Reject Release Of Blasphemy Killing Suspects, Kano Killing
Suspected Killers Of Bridget Agbaheme

There is some tension in Kano state Nigeria following the ruling of the Magistrate Court which ordered the release of five people arrested in June over allegation of killing a Kano-based Igbo business woman identified as Bridget Agbahime.

Late Mrs Agbahime was said to have been killed by a mob after an alleged blasphemy on the prophet of Islam.

Five suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were slammed with a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

Justice Muhammad Jibrin discharged the case and directed the release of the suspects on ground that “Police investigation regarding the murder has not in any way implicated the accused and that prosecutors have failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused have indeed carried out the crime of killing Bridget”.

Channels TV Kano correspondent, Idris Jibrin reports that the November 4 ruling has been deemed unacceptable by most Igbos in Kano who believe that Police investigation into the matter was inconclusive or the judge might have been compromised.

The president of the Igbo community association in Kano, Chief Okey Iweoha, however, said that the executive of the union had not received any official notification regarding the discharge of the case.

The President of Imo State Indigenes in Kano, Emeka Nnaji, also said: “I was inside the Magistrate Court 20 when the suspects were released but then this should not be the reason for us to disrupt the relative peace in our host state of Kano.”

Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 1, AIG Adamu Ibrahim, shortly after a closed-door meeting with Igbo leaders said that there is no cause for alarm,

“Institutions are established to address grievances, therefore I am urging you to not take law into your own hands. As security agents we will do our best to ensure that justice is done to all parties regardless of connection or status of the accused,” he promised.

The deceased, Bridget Agbahime had lived in Kano for over 30 years before she was killed.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has also condemned the reported release without trial of the five suspects.

In a statement signed by its Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel, CAN described the purported handling of the June killing as highly provocative and insulting.

CAN Demands Justice For Victim Of Kano Blasphemy Killing

CAN Demands Justice For Victim Of Kano Blasphemy Killing
Suspected Killers Of Bridget Agbaheme

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says it is deeply saddened by the news of the release without trial of the five suspects in the killing of a 74-year-old Christian woman, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, over allegations of blasphemy. 

In a statement signed by its Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel, CAN described the purported handling of the June killing as highly provocative and insulting.

“The Association condemns the continuous act of killing of innocent Nigerians under the pretense of blasphemy and considers the willful absence of justice for victims of these mindless killings in Nigeria by the relevant authorities as a very serious constitutional breach and security threat to our unity and collective survival as a nation.

“The now-familiar tradition of avoidance to arrest or properly investigate and prosecute cases involving the deliberate killing of innocent Nigerians is evidence of a scripted plan to operate another nation within the Nigerian state and to deny justice to those who truly deserve justice.

“The cardinal responsibility of Government to protect the lives and property of the citizens is sacrosanct and must not be sacrificed on the altar of religious convenience.

“As it stands today, there is no single prosecution record of any criminal who killed under the pretence of blasphemy in Nigeria despite the number of victims and incontrovertible facts showing that those killings were done in daylight and mostly by persons who live within the communities where these heinous crimes were committed,” the statement reads.

The Association called on the Kano State Government and the Inspector General of Police to ensure that justice is served in the matter, adding that “the act of condoning crass criminality in the name of blasphemy deserves greater attention and broader treatment in this era of transforming the mindset of the citizens to work toward progressive change”.

The association vowed that as the umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria, it would not relent in its effort to ensure that justice is served on the religiously intolerant and to ensure that all Nigerians are treated equally irrespective of their faith, social status and where they come from.

They sympathized with the family of the Kano victim over the reported outcome of the case.

The Kano magistrates’ court on Thursday (Nov. 3) discharged all the five suspects, who allegedly killed the female trader in Kano on June 2 over allegations of blasphemy.

The suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were slammed with a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

74-year-old Mrs Agbahime was murdered in Kofar Wambai market after a reported disagreement with the suspects.

The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, discharged the five suspects and terminated the case as advised by the Attorney-General of Kano state.

Kano Blade Killing: Christian Association Of Nigeria Accuses Judge Of Bias

Court on the murder of a woman in Kano Christian Association of Nigeria The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in 19 Northern States and Abuja has expressed its reservation over the recent judgement of a court that set five suspects free in a case bordering on the murder of one Mrs Bridget Agbahime in Kano State.

She was killed for alleged blasphemy.

The association in a statement by its spokesperson in Kaduna on Saturday said the judgement had further brought the judiciary into serious attack.

It stressed that more needed to be done to ensure the judiciary discharge its duty credibly.

The group further asked the Attorney General of the Federation to, as a matter of urgency, call the Kano State Attorney General to order to ensure that justice was seen to be done in the case.

The statement notes that the court judgement, which discharged the suspect, will encourage people to take laws into their hands since “evil is seen to be unpunished and many other groups would be tempted to harm or kill innocent citizens under any false guise since they can buy their freedom from the courts”.

The statement also assured the family of the deceased that CAN would not relent in spite of the judgement already passed, until justice was seen to have been done.

CAN further urged Christians and the general public to remain calm, giving the assurance that all avenues would be explored to ensure that justice is done.

“Having gone through the case diary, the Attorney General of Kano State evaluated the facts in accordance with Section 130 and 150 of the Criminal Procedure Code and presented the legal advice.

“The legal advice presented to the court dated June 24, states that there is no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent,” the statement read.

Mrs Agbahime, 74, an Imo state indigene, was murdered on June 2, 2016 in Kofar Wambai Market in Kano state over alleged blasphemy.

The five suspects set free by the court are Zubairu Abubakar, Musa Abdullahi, Dauda Ahmed, Abdullahi Abubakar and Abdulmumeen Mustafa.

Court Frees Suspects Of Kano Blasphemy Killing

Court Frees Suspects Of Kano Blasphemy KillingThe Kano magistrates’ court on Thursday discharged all the five suspects, who allegedly killed a female trader, identified as Bridget Agbahime in Kano on June 2 over allegations of blasphemy.

The suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were slammed with a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

74-year-old Mrs Agbahime was murdered in Kofar Wambai market after a reported disagreement with the suspects.

The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, discharged the five suspects and terminated the case as advised by the Attorney-General of Kano state.

Sharia Court Sentences Nine Persons To Death For Blasphemy In Kano

ShariaAn Upper Sharia Court in Kano State has sentenced nine persons including one Sheikh Abdul Nyas to death over blasphemous and inciting statements on the prophet of Islam.

Spokesperson of the Kano Sharia Courts, Ibrahim Baba-Jibo, made this known while addressing a news conference attended by Channels TV Correspondent, Idris Jibrin.

Early last month, a group of Tijjaniyya sect members, during Maulud in Kano, blasphemed the prophet of Islam and the action was followed by widespread protest in the state.

After series of hearing, the Kano State Upper Sharia Court, under Section 110 and Section 382B of the Sharia Penal Code 2000, the accused persons were sentenced to death.

However, four other persons namely Alkassim Abubakar, Yahaya Abubakar, Isa Abubakar and Abdullahi Abubakar were discharged and acquitted as they were not found wanting by the court.

It is therefore expected that the nine people will be executed once the Kano State Governor appends his signature on their execution form.