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Suspects’ Release Provocative, Says CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria on Monday protested against the freedom granted to the five suspects accused of killing a 74-year-old woman, Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, by Islamic fundamentalists in Kano.

The association claimed that the deceased’s blood was calling for justice.

The organisation said the decision of the Kano State Government to release the suspects without trial amounted to provocation, adding that “the wilful absence of justice for the victims of these mindless killings” in the country amounted to “a very serious constitutional breach and security threat to our unity and collective survival as a nation.”

Agbahime was murdered at Wambai Market in Kano during a minor disagreement with an Islamic fanatic who came to the front of her shop to perform ablution.

Having objected to the Islamic washing rite, Agbahime was mobbed and murdered for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Mohammed right in front of her husband.

A statement issued by CAN in Abuja and signed by its Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel, called on the Kano State Government and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, “to execute justice on behalf of the blood calling out for it.”

According to him, there has been no single prosecution record of any criminal who killed under the pretence of blasphemy in Nigeria.

Samuel said, “The now-familiar tradition of lack of  arrest or proper investigation and prosecution of cases involving the deliberate killing of innocent Nigerians is evidence of a scripted plan to operate another nation within the Nigerian state and to deny justice to those who truly deserve justice.

“The cardinal responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of the citizens is sacrosanct and must not be sacrificed on the altar of religious convenience. As it stands today, there is no single prosecution record of any criminal who killed under the pretence of blasphemy in Nigeria despite the number of victims and incontrovertible facts showing that those killings were done in daylight and mostly by persons who live within the communities where these heinous crimes were committed.”

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