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AMID TIGHT security, the
Kano State Police Command
yesterday arraigned five persons
suspected to be the masterminds
of 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
The arraignment at Magistrate
court 20, which attracted heavily
armed police, lawyers and
working journalists, bordered on
culpable homicide and mischief.
During yesterday’s proceedings,
the prosecutor, Dauda Jibrin,
said the prime suspect identified
simply as Ahmad attacked
the deceased before escalating
the matter that led to Bridget
Agbahime being clubbed to death.
The prosecutor explained that
when 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. Bridget Agbahime’s shop
located on the first floor, where
she was beaten with sticks causing
serious injuries that led to her
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.
Also, the police First Information
Report, FIR, reads out to all the
accused persons reads “ that you
Dauda Ahmad “M” of Goron
Dutse quarters, Kano, on the 2nd
day of June, 2016 at about 1630hrs,
at Kofar Wambai market Kano
while having misunderstanding
with Mrs Briget Mike Agbaheme,
held her hand and slapped her
on the face and with intent to
cause breach of public peace and
causing death, false raised alarm
wherein you shouted “ALLAHU
AKBAR” and falsely accused
one Mrs Briget Mike Agbaheme
“F” of blaspheming the Prophet
Muhammad (SAW).
In the report, the accused
persons were informed that
“your false alarm led to breach
of public peace and death of Mrs
The suspects were also accused
of using “dangerous weapons to
hit her head which caused serious
injuries that subsequently led to
her death.”
All the five accused persons
pleaded not guilty to charges
against them.
But the police prosecutor,
Usman Jibril pleaded the court to
adjourn the case to enable them
complete investigation.
Subsequently, the presiding
Magistrate, Muhammad Jibrin,
adjourned the case to June 28,
as he further directed that the
suspects should be remanded in
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls
that Bridget was recently killed by
religious fanatics at Kofar Wambai
Market, Kano, after she allegedly
told Muslims not to perform abolition in her area.
According to the police,
the deceased was accused
of blaspheming Prophet

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