JNI condemns Kano killing, 3 suspects nabbed
NORTHERN chapter of the Christian
Association of Nigeria, CAN, has strongly
condemned the killing of an Igbo market
woman, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, accused
of blaspheming Prophet Mohammed in
The Christian body observed that the
killing of Christians using flimsy excuses
was unacceptable. CAN warned that
such act, which it described as barbaric
must henceforth stop.
They urged the Kano State Governor,
Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir of
Kano, Lamido Sanusi to call their people
“Why must it always be Kano State.
This is not telling good of the state known
to be a commercial city,” the Public
Relations Officer of Northern CAN,
Reverend John Hayab, told newsmen in
Kaduna on Saturday in reaction to the
Hayab noted that information made
available to the group indicated that
the late Mrs Agbahime was deliberately
The Northern CAN, also called on
the police to at all times, carry out their
constitutional role of safeguarding the
lives and properties of Nigerians without
fear or favour.
The CAN’s spokesman said: “We
got it on good authority that the slain
woman never blasphemed the Prophet
Mohammed. That the mastermind of the
killing, was fond of always provoking the
deceased and so, on that fateful day, we
learnt, the said man was doing ablution
in front of the woman’s shop and was
cautioned. That was all. The man raised
the alarm that she blasphemed Prophet
The cleric added: “The man deliberately
provoked the woman in question just to
carry out those gruesome and barbaric
“We are saying the mere arrest of the
key suspect of this barbaric act was not
enough. All those that perpetuated the
killing of the innocent woman must be
fished out and brought to book.
“The state government must go further
than this and the Emir of Kano and all
well- meaning citizens of Kano must
come out and condemned it. This is not
telling good of the area (Kano).
“We are committed to peace and
stability of this country. We can’t
understand why our people should be
killed on flimsy excuse(s).”
Meanwhile, as reactions continue to
trail the recent killing of Mrs. Bridget
Agbahime in Wambai area of Kano,
Kano State, and the Pandogari, Rafi
Local Government Area of Niger State,
respectively, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam,
JNI, has condemned the incidences
saying that they were criminal and
unislamic acts perpetrated by miscreants
The apex Islamic body in the north had
yesterday kicked against the murder of
Mrs Agbahime over alleged blasphemy.
This was as the northern branch of the
Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN,
yesterday said that the trial of the killers of
the 74-year-woman, who was murdered
by a mob at Kofar Wambai market, must not be done in secret.
It would be recalled that Mrs. Agbahime
was lynched last week Thursday at Kano
market by mob in presence of her husband
over a false alarm of blasphemy.
The JNI and CAN in swift and separate
reactions condemned the killing in totality.
JNI in a statement signed by its secretarygeneral,
Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, made
available to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday,
said, “With pains and sobriety, Jama’atu
Nasril Islam, JNI, received with shock the
most unfortunate alleged blasphemy of
the Prophet (SAW) by one Mrs. Bridget
Agbahime that was reported to have
happened in Wambai area of Kano, Kano
State, and another one that claimed four
lives in Pandogari, Rafi Local Government
Council of Niger State. These ugly
incidences utterly stand condemned and
are regarded as criminal and un-Islamic,
perpetrated by miscreants and criminals.
“It is hardly believable that such dastardly
acts could happen in the name of religion,
considering the various enlightenment
programmes on interfaith and mutual coexistence
being put in place by the Muslim
scholars and the leadership.
“In the light of the above, we commend
the various untiring efforts of the Kano
and Niger State governments and also
the respective states’ Ulama in nipping in
the bud the unfortunate crises that would
have engulfed both states. Likewise, the
proactive measures of all the security
agencies are also commendable and we
implore that same be sustained.
“We equally commiserate with Mr.
Agbahime of Deeper Life Bible Church
of Kano over the death of his wife, Mrs.
Bridget Agbahime, as a result of injuries
she sustained due to the mob action meted
against her by the hoodlums. Similarly, the
husband is commended for swiftly setting
the record straight against all odds, by
stating that his wife was not beheaded as
reported by the media.
“Finally, the Sultan of Sokoto and
president-general of JNI calls on all to
remain calm and avoid all actions that
could lead to the breach of law and
order. The generality of Muslims are
also implored to fervently pray for the
restoration of peace and security in Nigeria
bearing in mind that without Nigeria there
will be no Nigerians. On the other hand,
respective state governments must rise to
the occasion in protecting the lives of the
citizenry, for it is a primary constitutional
responsibility upon which their legitimacy
is derived,” JNI however stated.
Also while speaking to newsmen in
Kaduna, the spokesman of the northern
CAN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab also
wandered why the police who claimed to
have saved the husband of the late Madam
Agbahime from the mob could not rescue
the woman or arrest the perpetrators
CAN also wandered why people would
just wake up and killed a fellow human
beings just because they were angry the
“So, if your enemy is angry with you, the
best thing to do is to raise false alarm using
religion as a cover to kill you.
“Our religious leaders must come out
and preach the true tenets of religion,
because this arrogance is getting too much.
“CAN also appeals to Kano State
government to make deliberate policies
aiming at stopping this type of extremism.
This type of issue is giving Kano State a
bad name and image.
“The Kano State government has to
ensure that the trial of the man that raised
the false alarm and his cohorts is not done
in secret in order to serve as deterrent to
“Kano State government must do
something permanently about this kind
of issue which keeps occurring, because
this whole issue gives the state a bad name
before the international community.”
CAN, however, appealed to Christians
to be law abiding as well as offer persistent
prayers for the unity and progress of the
Police arrest 3 suspects
Also,the number of suspects arrested
in Kano by the police in connection with
the murder of Madam Bridget Agbahime
by mob at Kofar Wambai market last
Thursday has risen to three.
Madam Agbahimewas beheaded on
Thursday in Kano by a mob in the presence
of her husband over alleged blasphemy.
The Police Public Relations Officer in
Kano, DSP Magaji Musa Majia said that
“we have three suspects in our custody
in connection with the incident and they
are being quizzed over their role in the
“We are working tirelessly to get to the
root of this matter, and we are
equally not leaving any stone unturned
in the course of our investigation,” Majia
The police action followed condemnation
of the act by Kano State governor,
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and prominent
community and religious leaders.