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Police Arrests Blasphemy Killers In Northern Nigeria

imageKaduna (Nigeria) — Nigerian Police says it has arrested 2 persons, Dauda Ahmed and Subeiru Abubakar in connection with the extra-judicial murder of Mrs. Bridget Abahime in Kano, northwest Nigeria.

Bridget Abahime was killed by a mob in Kano for alleged blasphemy on Prophet Mohammed — the Prophet of Islam

A statement by the police spokesperson in Abuja, Olabisi Kolawole says “In order to ensure a diligent and professional investigation, the Inspector General of Police has directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in- charge of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) to deploy the Homicide Section of the Department to immediately take over the investigation of the case and ensure a meticulous investigation and speedy prosecution of the arrested suspects.

“The Inspector General of Police has also directed the Commissioner of Police of Kano State to sustain the community engagement actions which he is currently initiating with all strategic security stakeholders and community leaders in the State with a view to dousing the tension being generated by the condemnable incident. In addition, detachments of Mobile and conventional Police as well as the intelligence assets of the Force have been deployed to protect law abiding citizens, reassure the public, prevent the incident from degenerating into a major security threat and aid the Homicide Section being deployed in the location and apprehension of other suspects who are currently at large.” The statement says.

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Friday held a meeting with prominent dignitaries including the state Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ransome Bello; husband to the deceased, Mike Agbahime; islamic scholars and security agencies, where participants condemned the killing.

The six-point condoled the husband of the deceased, Mr. Agbahime, and described the killing of his wife as illegal and unacceptable.

Governor Ganduje, who pledged to support the bereaved family at the trying period, expressed deep condolences to the family on behalf of the government and people of the state.

The Kano State CAN Chairman, Rev. Bello, said his Association was fully satisfied with the resolutions reached at the meeting.

“There is nothing better any person would expect more than what you (the governor) have done tonight,” the CAN chairman said.

Rev. Bello described the steps taken by government as positive direction towards restoration of peace in the state, saying the stakeholders meeting was the beginning of the end of committing dastardly acts such as killings in Kano.

The Eze Ndigbo Kano, Boniface Ibekwe, called on all civil and community leaders to cooperate in ensuring lasting peace.

Mr. Ibekwe urged other governors in Nigeria to emulate Governor Ganduje’s initiatives in ensuring brotherly co-existence in their states.

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