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.

Kaduna Police Command Promote Over 5,000 Officers

Kaduna PoliceThe Kaduna State Police Command has decorated newly promoted officers drawn from the various divisions across the state.

Addressing the newly promoted officers during their decoration at the command headquarters, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Adamu, said that their promotion was in recognition to their selfless service and dedication to duty.

He urged them to maintain the tempo of dedication and hard work which was the reason behind their promotion.

The Kaduna Police Commissioner also tasked them to maintain discipline and shun corruption in order to enhance the image of the force, noting that their promotion comes with a greater responsibility.

Over 5,000 officers and men were decorated with their new ranks in a mass promotion approved by the Police High Command.

The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, Zubairu Abubakar, was among the newly decorated officers and now wears the rank of Superintendent.

Others who were also promoted included 12 Superintendents of Police, Inspectors, Sergeants and Corporals.

Speaking to journalists, some of the newly promoted officers promised to uphold hard work, dedication to duty and respect for rule of law in order to enhance the image of the profession.

Gunmen Kill Traditional Ruler, Nephew In Kaduna

Gunmen-KadunaUnknown gunmen have killed two persons at Fadan Karshi community in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

The deceased were the traditional ruler of the community, Bala Madaki, and his nephew, Emmanuel Tanko.

The incident was confirmed to Channels Television correspondent on Monday by the spokesman for Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar.

An eyewitness also narrated that the gunmen invaded the deceased house at about 10:00PM on Sunday, went into their rooms and opened fire on them.

The latest attack has created tension in the community as residents remain indoors while shops and markets remain closed.

Policemen have, however, been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the attack.

In a statement he issued through his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, while commiserating with the family of the victims, Governor El-Rufai urged the people of Sanga Local Government to remain calm and support the security agencies to investigate the attack and apprehend the perpetrators of the attack.

Kidnapped Clergies Freed In Kaduna, One Dead

kidnapped clergiesPresident of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau and two other clergy men who were abducted along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway by gunmen have regained their freedom after ten days in captivity. 

Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar, confirmed the freedom of the two religious leaders as well as the death of one of them to our correspondent.

Rev. Dziggau, Rev. Yakubu Dzarma and Rev. Iliya Anto were abducted on March 21 along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway where they had gone to clear a piece of land for the foundation of the church seminary.

However, Rev. Iliya Anto was said to have died after he was left in the bush by the kidnappers following his health condition.

A top official of United Church of Christ who pleaded anonymity said on Thursday, that Dziggau and Dzarma were freed on Wednesday night while the corpse of Rev. Anto was found, almost decomposing in the bush.

According to him, the two clergymen were immediately taken to a private hospital in Kaduna after they were brought to the church along Katsina Road in Kaduna metropolis.

According to him, “The person who went to collect them drove them on a bike from where they dropped them for four hours before they could reach a motorable road. This is very traumatic and they need some rest.”

The source explained that Anto’s corpse was found in the bush after he was abandoned by the kidnappers because of his ill health.

He said a day after their abduction, the kidnappers had called to inform that Anto was not well and they had dropped him at a location in the bush.

The source, however, declined to say whether a ransom was paid for the release of the two kidnapped clergies.

Health Workers Shelve Planned Strike Over Ocholi’s Death

Health workersThe Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU), has shelved their planed strike, initially scheduled to commence on Thursday, March 10.



The President of the Union, Mr Biobelemoye Josiah, said the suspension of the proposed strike action is to enable the workers mourn the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr James Ocholi,.

The Minister was the Chairman of a Negotiation Committee set up by the Ministry of Labour to address the issues raised by the health workers union in their notice of the proposed strike addressed to the ministry.

Mr Ocholi, died in a road accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Narrating how the incident occurred, the spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar, told our correspondent that the accident occurred while the family were returning from a private visit in Kaduna at Rijiana village along the expressway on Sunday afternoon.

He confirmed that while the Minister and his son died on the spot of the incident, his wife died few minutes after, at Doka General Hospital, about 60 kilometres to Kaduna, having sustained severe injuries.

According to an eyewitness, the Minister’s Sport Utility Vehicle had a burst tyre before somersaulting several times.

Kaduna Police Denies Killing Shiite Members

Police-Nigeria2The Kaduna Police Command on Wednesday denied reports that its men killed three members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria during a protest at Tudun Wada area in the state capital on Tuesday.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Zubairu Abubakar, told our correspondent that none of the sect members was killed by policemen during a protest.

He further explained that the policemen were only sent to the area to forestall any break down of law and order following rumours that members of the movement were planning to embark on a violent protest in the state capital.

He also explained that the sect members were the ones that attacked the police patrol team with dangerous weapons, an act he said, prompted the policemen to use teargas to disperse the soaring protesters.

Zubairu stated that a combined team of soldiers and policemen have been stationed at Tudun Wada and other volatile areas in the state capital to maintain law and order, but advised members of the public to be law abiding and report any suspicious movement to security agencies.

In the meantime, relative calm has returned in the state capital and some parts of Zaria, while heavily armed soldiers are still stationed at the PZ and Guyllesu areas in the ancient city where the bloody clash between the sect members and soldiers took place last weekend.

A resident of Zaria told our correspondent in Kaduna that the entire place is cordoned off as nobody is allowed to move around until the situation is brought under control.