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Kano Blasphemy Killing: Court Denies Suspects Bail

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Posted: Jul 20, 2016 at 9:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 

A Magistrate’s Court in Kano State Wednesday denied bail to the five susupects in the murder of the 74-year-old wife of a pastor in Kano, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, on June 2, 2016.

Agbahime was murdered at Kofar Wambai Market, Kano, over alleged blasphemy.

The suspects were arraigned in court on charges of incitement, disturbance of the peace, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief. They are Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi.

Chief Magistrate Muhammad Jibril, in his ruling, said the court, under Section 361 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, had the discretion to hear the bail application but it lacked the power to grant the accused persons bail.

He said, “Though no material evidence to give the court, first information report is simply information.

“It shows the jurisdiction of a court to admit an accused person to bail, only when there is no evidence to prove the accused person committed an offence.”

He said that the court had no power to grant the five suspects bail, though the court is convinced that investigation had been completed in the case diary sent to the Kano State Ministry of Justice for legal advice.

The judge, therefore, ordered the five suspects to be remanded in prison and adjourned the case to August18, 2016, for further mention.

However, Gambo Abdulsalam, the Defence Counsel for all the suspects, told the court that he would forward the bail application ruling to the High Court, Kano.

He said this was to enable him apply for their bail, since the court has the right to grant them bail.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Ekwe Sunday, had opposed the bail application in view of the gravity of the offence.

He said that the suspects committed a capital offence, therefore, the court should not grant the them bail.