Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Alleged Blasphemy: Court Remands Kano Islamic Cleric In Custody

An Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Kano State, on Wednesday, fixed August 18 for the re-arraignment of a cleric, Abduljabbar Nasiru-Kabara, for alleged blasphemy case.

Nasiru-Kabara is to be charged with blasphemy, incitement and sundry offences according to the First Information Report (FIR) from the police by the office of the Attorney General which prepared the charge against the cleric.

Nasiru-Kabara was first arraigned before the court on July 16. He, however, pleaded not guilty.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Aisha Mahmoud, told the court that the state had new information concerning the case.

Mahmoud urged the court to adjourn the case to enable the prosecution file fresh charge against the defendant and present witnesses.

Responding, counsel to the defendant, Saleh Muhammad-Bakaro, prayed the court to compel the prosecution to furnish him with the names and addresses of the witnesses, citing Section 204 of Kano State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2019.

He also prayed the court to order the prosecution to provide all alleged audio and video clips and documents.

The judge, Malam Ibrahim Sarki-Yola, overruled the request of the defence counsel to furnish him with list of witnesses and other documents.

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