Kano Alleged Blasphemy: Court Fixes July 20 For Ruling, Remands Killers Of Igbo Woman Trader In Prison Custody
The 5 people suspected to have conspired and murdered a Kano-based Igbo trader, Mrs Bridget Agbaheme, have been remanded in prison custody till 20th July for ruling on bail application.
An application filed by the defence counsel, Barrister Gambo AbdulSalam, asking the court to set free the high profile suspects, stressed that the First Information Report (FIR) by the Police does not constitute charges in the eyes of the law. The defence lawyer said, “FIR is simply an allegation and not sufficient to hold onto somebody; in other words, FIR amounts to nothing but just an information.”
The defence counsel, therefore, asked the court to grant bail to the suspect, as he opposed the police demand to take them back into custody for more investigation.
In his application, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Ekwe Sunday, also requested the court not to grant the suspects bail, adding that, “releasing the suspects would jeopardize the case.” The matter was, therefore, adjourned to July 20th for ruling on the bail application, as the presiding Magistrate, Mohammed Jibril, directed the suspects to be remanded in prison. The sitting in Kano, which was conducted under tight security, attracted a crowd of sympathisers across the divides.