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#JusticeforBridget: Court Denies Bail for Accused Persons

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Suspected Killers of Kano Femal Trader. Photo Credit: Mohammed Kabir/PREMIUM TIMES

Suspected Killers of Kano Female Trader

A Kano Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday denied bail to the five men who allegedly killed 74-year-old Bridget Agbaheme in Kano on June 2.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Agbaheme was murdered at Kofar Wambai Market, Kano, over alleged blasphemy.

The accused persons: Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi, were charged with inciting, disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

The presiding judge, 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 has no 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.

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 State Ministry of Justice for legal advice.

Jibril, therefore, ordered the five suspects to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to August 18, 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 seek 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 in nature.

The prosecutor, therefore, urged the court not to grant the suspects bail because of the sensitive nature of the case.

Photo Credit: Mohammed Kabir/PREMIUM TIMES

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3 Comments

  1. Naijatalk

    July 20, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Look at them, children of the darkness. Who will grant you bail?

  2. Prince

    July 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Are these demons still alive. This is why the president says the judiciary must help him.

  3. Anon

    July 20, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    OMG when did this happen What is the name of the deity they serve that ordered this atrocity. 5 young men ganging up on a defenseless 74 yr old women. Choi she no get people. I pray that non of them reach the age of 74 nor any of their seed. God forbid. -ing godforsaken cowards.

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