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Blasphemy murder: Kano court throws out accused persons’ bail application 

By Musa Madobi, Kano 

A Chief Magistrate court sitting in Kano has turned down a bail request by five suspects accused of murdering a 74-year-old trader, Mrs Bridget Agbahime. 

The accused were charged for killing their victim on June 2, 2016 at the popular Kofar Wambai market in the commercial city of Kano. 

At the resume hearing, counsel for the defendants, Barrister Gambo Abdulsalam argued that the court had jurisdiction to entertain the case on the grounds of determining the murder case against the five accused persons. 

Those charged for the killing were Ahmed Dauda; Abdullahi Mustapha; Zubairu Abubakar; Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdulllahi.  

After citing numerous cases to buttress his argument, Abdulsalam pleaded with the court to either remand or to release the five accused persons on bail, depending on the jurisdiction of the court. 

Abdulsalam also argued that in making judicial decision, sentiment has no place in court, stressing that it is a matter of hard facts and law. 

In his response, counsel to the plaintiff, Ekwe Sunday vehemently opposed the bail application, arguing that the case is an established capital offence, which investigation has already been completed, hence the arraignment of the accused persons in court. 

Also, Barrister Sunday, argued that the accused persons should not be the granted bail, as this murder case before the law, society, as well as in the interest of the public and the state, the court should not grant them bail, because it is not only capital in nature but a grievous offence and as such, the court should not grant the accused persons bail. 

However, all the accused persons were present in court, while the arguments lasted. 

After hearing the arguments of counsels for both the defendant and the accused, Chief Magistrate Mohammed Jibrin, therefore adjourned hearing to July 20, 2016, while the accused persons were remanded in prison custody. 

It should be recalled that five accused persons were arraigned before a Kano Chief Magistrate for allegedly murdering a female trader at Kofar Wambai market on June 2, 2016.

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