Shock, outrage trail murder of Bridget Agbahime in Kano

 -3 suspects in Police net 

The number of suspects nabbed in the gruesome murder of Madam Bridget Patience Agbahime  (killed by a mob at Kofar Wambai market in Kano, North West Nigeria on Thursday, June 3, 2016 ) has increased to two … with more likely to be arrested soon.

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, through the Force Public Relations Officer (Acting Commissioner of Police, Olabisi Kolawole) named the key suspects as Dauda Ahmed and Subeiru Abubakar.

The suspects, along with a mob of unthinking fanatics, allegedly killed the 74 year old Igbo woman on the flimsy and injusticiable excuse of blasphemy. The septuagenarian was killed around 4:30 pm on Thursday.

A member of Deeper Life Bible Church, alongside her husband, Mrs Agbahime was attending to customers at the plastic containers market that afternoon when Dauda Ahmed began the trouble that claimed her life, and almost led to the lynching of her husband.

Known as a trouble maker, Ahmed had positioned himself in front of Madam Bridget’s shop, with kettle filled with water to perform ablution  (washing of feet, arm, face and head in preparations for moslem prayer ) in front of her shop. Her appeal that he should move elsewhere for the ablution resulted in exchange of words.

Ahmed had later misinformed his moslem brothers that the woman was insulting Prophet Muhammed  (the religion’s revered figure ) – and chaos ensued. A mob congregated, started chanting Allah Akbar  (God is the greatest ) as it threatened mayhem.

Efforts by leaders of the market to calm the mob was resisted… as they threw stones at the old woman, beat her silly with dangerous objects. The fanatics were unstoppable as they  attacked her husband and the market leader who made appeals to calm them. Eventually, they succeeded in killing the woman.

The arrival of the police saved her husband and the market leader.

The news of the tragedy outraged all. Nigerians rose against the gruesome and barbaric murder.  From ordinary citizens, public officers to religious organisations, justice is demanded for Madam Bridget Patience Agbahime.

The Northern chapter of Christians Association of Nigeria maintained that the murder is inexcusable even on the accusation of blasphemy.  The body warned that such barbaric act must stop now.

The police is promising prompt and thorough investigation and arraignment of the suspects. And one more suspect has been arrested, bringing the number to three.

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