Blasphemy: Kano Police Arraign 5 Suspects Over Alleged Killing Of Trader
Kano State Police Command on Friday arraigned five persons before a Magistrate Court over last week’s killing of a female trader, Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme, on allegation of blasphemy.
Those arraigned by the police on a four-count charge bordering on culpable homicide and mischief were: Dauda Ahmad, Abdullahi Mustapha, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi.
During the proceedings, the prosecutor, Dauda Jibrin, said the prime suspect, identified simply as Ahmad, attacked the deceased before escalating the matter that led to Mrs. Agbaheme being clubbed to death.
Jibrin said, “On June 2, at about 4pm, Mr. Ahmad, the prime suspect, went and held the hands of Mrs. Agbaheme and slapped her severally on the face before shouting Allahu Akbar with the intent to cause religious upheaval.”
The prosecutor explained that following Ahmad’s shouting of Allahu Akbar, Abdullahi Mustapha and Zubairu Abubakar joined him, while others at large – including Salawiyu, Ibrahim, Dini, Isiyaku Mada, Mallam Sani and Yunusa Sufi – also accompanied them to Mrs. Agbahime’s shop located on the first floor, where she was beaten with sticks, thereby causing her serious bodily injuries that eventually led to her death.
However, two of the suspects pleaded not guilty to the four charges, while Abdullahi Mustapha and Zubairu Abubakar said they were not part of those, who carried out the attack. The presiding Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibrin, however, adjourned the case till June 28.