Five men have been arrested by the Police in connection with the brutal Kano blasphemy killing.
Dauda Ahmad, Abdullahi Mustapha, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were arraigned this morning before a Chief Magistrate Court in Kano over last week’s killing of Bridget Agbahime on allegation of blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed ( PBUH ). They were arraigned on a four-count charge of 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, he could face the death penalty.
A witness said the deceased was involved in an argument with another person within the market and, in the cause of the argument, she allegedly made a remark, which led to Ahmad slapping her on the face before shouting Allahu Akbar with the intent to caused religious upheaval.
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 Mrs. Agbahime’s shop located on the first floor, where they beat her with sticks causing serious injuries that led to her death. Meanwhile, 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.