Kano Government Refuses To Explain Why It Set Free ‘Killers’ Of Christian Woman, Bridget Agbahime


The Kano State Government has refused to give any useful explanation for setting free all the ‘prime’ suspects arrested in connection to the brutal murder of Bridget Agbahime.

The Suspects

Accused by a mob of committing blasphemy against Islam, Mrs. Agbahime, 74, was murdered in broad daylight in downtown Kano on June 2.

It was roundly condemned by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto; both of whom urged an urgent and diligent investigation by concerned authorities.

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Mr. Ganduje, who announced the arrest of the suspects at a meeting with a delegate of Christian leaders in the state, promised a thorough prosecution of anyone charged in connection to the murder.

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On June 10, the police arraigned five suspects, including Mr. Ahmad, before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kano.

The remaining four were: Abdullahi Mustapha, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi.

Shortly after the suspects were arraigned, the police transferred all the case files to Mr. Falali’s office for legal advice and continued prosecution.

But on November 3, Mr. Falali abruptly withdrew the case and asked the court to discharge all suspects.

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Mr. Falali said he discharged them because there was “no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent.” He ordered the court to “discharge all the suspects.”

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Mike Agbahime, Bridget’s husband, said he identified all the five suspects arraigned in connection to the murder of his wife.

PREMIUM TIMES reports that some officials of the administration blamed Mr. Falali for the withdrawal.

One of them said Mr. Falali was determined to hush up the case out of bias even though he was warned not to do so but to charge it to the high court in Kano instead.

The police in Kano absolved themselves of any involvement in the withdrawal of the case.

“Since the state government had decided to withdraw the matter, we could not do anything about it,” Mr. Magaji said. “Our duty as the police was to arrest the suspects and ensure they were immediately charged to court. We did all of that.”


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