Woman Killed By Kano Mob Will Get Justice —President Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday promised that justice would be served in the case of the Igbo market woman, Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, who was killed by an agry mob in Kano.
Describing the incident as sad and regrettable, Buhari condoled with the husband of the deceased, Pastor Mike Agbahime, the family and relations, praying that God would give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
Buhari’s message was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
“The incident at Kofar Wambai market, Kano city, is utterly condemnable, and the state government has been quite proactive.
“Let us ensure that we keep the peace, as justice will be done. Let us learn to respect each other’s faith, so that we can know each other and live together in peace,” the President said.
But as condemnations continue to trail the murder of Mrs. Bridget Agbahiwe in Kano, an eyewitness has disclosed that the 74-year-old trader was killed following her refusal to allow a male co-trader use the front of her shop for ablution.
The eyewitness, Iruka Okoro, told our correspondent that shortly after the minor dispute resulting from Agbahiwe’s refusal, some irate youths armed with daggers and knives attacked her, stabbed her several times and slit her throat.
According to Okoro, who is a member of the Igbo Community Association in Kano, late Agbahiwe’s attackers alleged that she blasphemed Prophet Muhammad, hence their decision to attack her.
“The murder of Mrs Bridget Agbahiwe was a big slap on the Igbo Community Association. I do not see the reason why somebody’s refusal to allow a fellow trader perform ablution in front of her shop should lead to her death.
“Her assailants killed her for politely telling her co-trader to go to his shop and wash his legs before prayers. Some irate youths sliced her throat like a cow.”
Also, the witness recalled that the owner of the premises, where they both had their stalls, had on more than one occasion intervened in the dispute between the late woman and the co-trader.
“The landlord instructed the male co-trader to confine himself to his side of the market, as well as perform his ablution there,” he said.
Also, our correspondent learnt that some irate youths stormed the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Mortuary at about 2am on Friday, demanding for the head of the murdered woman.
It was gathered that security men guarding the mortuary turned down their request, insisting that the matter had been reported to the Commissioner of Police in the state and that nobody had the right to request for the head of the late women.
Already, there is tension in the metropolitan city of Kano, as no fewer than 20 vehicles carrying heavily armed soldiers, alongside Armoured Personnel Carriers were sighted at about 8 am on Friday patrolling the Sabon-Gari area of the city.
Meanwhile, the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, at the end of his 24-hour meeting with stakeholders on Friday, condemned the killing of Agbahiwe by a mob action last Thursday.
Ganduje, who had already condoled with the husband of the deceased, Pastor Mike Agbahiwe, described the action of the mob as illegal and unjust, promising that justice would be done.
Ganduje also commended security operatives in the state for promptly apprehending the major suspect, Dauda.
“We all resolved to condemn this illegal action publicly in the media, while Ulama and the leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria will participate in public enlightenment in our media houses,” he said.
The Chairman of the state chapter of CAN, Bishop Ransom-Bello, described the government’s action as the dawn of a new day in Kano.
“Such a thing had never happened under any governor in Kano, as far as I know. I am happy about this resolution, as well as the conclusions; the Christian body is satisfied and happy with the conclusions,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has deployed homicide detectives to immediately take over the investigation into the incident.

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