Nigeria Police arraign 5 suspects over Kano ‘blasphemy’ killing

Nigeria Police arraign 5 suspects over Kano ‘blasphemy’ killing
June 10 19:54 2016

The Nigeria Police Force has arraigned 5  persons before a Chief Magistrate Court in Kano
 over the recent killing of a trader who was accused committing blasphemy against Islam.
The woman, Bridget Agbahime was killed
by a mob at Kano’s Kofar
Wambai Market.
Police said she was accused of
blaspheming the Prophet
Mohammed of Islam before being
clubbed to death.
President Muhmmadu Buhari and
 Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of
 Kano have condemned the attack,
and have demanded the culprits
 be brought to justice.

The police in Kano on Friday
arraigned Dauda Ahmad,
Abdullahi Mustapha, Zubairu
Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar
and Musa Abdullahi before Chief
Magistrate Court on a four-count
charge.
The suspects were charged with
incitement, culpable homicide and
mischief, based on sections 144,
80, 51 and 327 of the penal code.
Dauda Ahmad, who is the prime
suspect, was accused of leading
others to attack and hack Mrs.
Agbahime to death.
If found guilty, Ahmad could
face the death penalty.

At the court, the prosecutor, Dauda Jibrin, said
on June 2, at about 4PM,  Ahmad, the
prime suspect, went and held the hands of
Mrs. Agbahime and slapped her severally on
the face before shouting Allahu Akbar with the
intent to caused religious upheaval.
He said as  Ahmad shouted Allahu Akbar,
Abdullahi Mustapha, Zubairu Abubakar joined
him, while others at large, including Salawiyu,
Ibrahim, Dini, Isiyaku Mada, Mallam Sani and
 Yunusa Sufi, also accompanied them to
Agbahime’s shop located on the first floor,
where they beat her with sticks causing
serious injuries that led to her death.

Two of the suspects pleaded not guilty to the
four charges, while Abdullahi Mustapha and
Zubairu Abubakar said they were not even at
the scene of the incident.
The Chief Magistrate Muhammad Jibrin
adjourned the case to June 28 to allow police
complete investigations.