A Kano Magistrate Court in Kano has released five persons arrested for the [neutralization] of Igbo woman, Bridget Agbahime. Emir Sanusi was reported as the brain behind their unconditional release.
The 74-year-old trader was [neutralized] at Kofar Wambai market for alleged blasphemy.
Muhammad’s decision was based on the directive of the Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
The freed suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were challenged with a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.
The woman who hailed from Imo State was [neutralized] on June 2, 2016, at Kofar Wambai market over alleged blasphemy.
According to the prosecution counsel, “We received the case diary from the police on June 8.
“Having gone through the case diary, the attorney- general of the state evaluated the facts in accordance with sections 130 and 150 of the criminal procedure code.
“The legal advice presented to the court, dated June 24, states that there is no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent, and orders the court to discharge all the suspects.”
However, counsel to the suspects, Mr. Abdulsalam Gambo, expressed happiness and commended the attorney-general of the state for the judgment.
A source privy to how the men when discharged said the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, gave the directive to free the accused men.
Recall that Sanusi was also indited in a similar incident involving one Gideon Akaluka during Abacha’s regime.
“When Sanusi returned from Sudan, where he associated with very extreme personalities, he was not a happy man.
“He was treated like an outcast in royal circles because his grandfather, was deposed as Emir of Kano. So his anger grew.
“During that period, the incident of desecration of the Koran by the Akalukas surfaced.
“When Akaluka was locked up, Sanusi and eight others mobilized some extremist mob who stormed the prison and killed Akaluka.
“The regime identified the masterminds, so mandated its hit squad to eliminate the nine, including Sanusi.
“Abacha silently [neutralized] 8 persons involved in the gruesome severing of Akaluka’s life.
“Sanusi was to be the 9th to take the hit but for the intervention of former First Bank chairman, and father of Christmas Day bomber, Alhaji Umar Mutallab and others.
“It was Muttallab and the rest who were heavy sponsors of Islamic activities who prevailed on Abacha to spare Sanusi.
“They are argued that since he has gone through a lot, treated like a pariah in the royal circles because his grandfather was deposed, he should be spared.
“So they decided to remove him from Kano to Sokoto where he was locked up for two years.” Said the source.
It therefore came as no surprise as Emir Sanusi reportedly prevailed on Kano State government to release the evil five that [neutralized] a woman of 74 years.