The Kano State Police Command on Friday arraigned five persons before a Magistrate Court over the last week’s killing of a female trader, Bridget Agbahime on allegation of blasphemy.
Those arraigned on a four count charge by the police include, Dauda Ahmad, Abdullahi Mustapha, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi They were arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on culpable homicide and mischief.
During today’s proceedings, the prosecutor, Dauda Jibrin said the prime suspect identified simply as Ahmad attacked the deceased before escalating the matter that led to Agbahime been clubbed to death.
Jibrin said, “On June 2, at about 4PM, Mr. 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.”
The prosecutor explained that 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 she was beaten with sticks causing serious injuries that 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 adjourned the case till June 28.
Recall that Bridget was recently killed by religious fanatics at Kofar Wambai Market in the state after she allegedly told Muslims not to perform abolition in her area.
According to the police, the deceased was accused of blaspheming Prophet Mohammed.