Reopen case of Igbo trader murdered in Kano, CAN tells AGF

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Godwin Isenyo

The Christian Association of Nigeria in the 19 northern states and Abuja has expressed dissatisfaction with a recent judgment acquitting five suspects in connection with the killing of Mrs. Bridget Agbahime in Kano State for  alleged blasphemy.

Agbahime, 74, was killed on June 2 by an irate mob in Kofar Wambai Market, Kano State.

The five suspects are Zubairu Abubakar, Musa Abdullahi, Dauda Ahmed, Abdullahi Abubakar and Abdulmumeen Mustafa.

The state Public Relations Officer, CAN, Rev. John Hayab, told journalists in Kaduna that the judgment had brought the judiciary into “further disrepute.”

The CAN official called on the Attorney General of the Federation to, as a matter of urgency, call to order the Attorney General in Kano to ensure that justice was seen to be done in the case.

Hayab noted that the action could encourage people to take laws into their hands because, according to him, evil was seen to be unpunished and many other groups “will be tempted to harm or kill innocent citizens under any and every false guise since they can buy their freedom from the courts.”

Hayab gave the assurance that the association would not relent in spite of the judgment already passed, until justice was seen to have been done, while encouraging Christians and other members of the public to remain calm, as “all avenues will be explored to ensure that justice is done.”

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