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Blasphemy Suspected killers of Igbo woman arraigned in court

The men accused of killing an Igbo market woman in Kano over allegations of blasphemy have been arraigned in court.

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The suspected killers of Madam Bridget Agbahime play

The suspected killers of Madam Bridget Agbahime

(Premium Times)

According to Premium Times, the men suspected to be the murderers of an Igbo woman accused of blasphemy in Kano State, have been arrested and arraigned before a State Magistrates' Court sitting in the old Groundnut City on Friday, June 10.

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The murder of the 75-year-old trader, Bridget Agbahime,  a Christian, at the popular Kofar Wambai Market on June 2, 2016, had drawn a lot of condemnation from all and sundry and it seems the state government has fulfilled its promise of making sure the killers of the old woman are brought to book.

The old woman hailed from Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, and was hacked to death over allegations she had blasphmed against the Islam religion after she reportedly stopped an Hausa man from performing ablution infront of her her shop.

The prime suspect Dauda Ahmad, and four others identified as Abdullahi Mustapha, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were arraigned before the  Court on a four-count charge bordering on  incitement, culpable homicide and mischief, based on sections 144, 80, 51 and 327 of the penal code.

Ahmad was accused of leading the others to attack and hack Agbahime with sticks, machetes, and other dangerous weapons to death.

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Two of the suspects pleaded not guilty to the four count charges, while Abdullahi Mustapha and Zubairu Abubakar said they were not even at the scene of the incident.

The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibrin, however, adjourned the case to June 28 for hearing to allow the Police conduct all necessary investigation into the matter.

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