The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has expressed dismay over the court judgment that discharged the five suspects arraigned for the killing of Mrs. Bridget Agbahime in Kano State for alleged blasphemy.
Mrs. Agbahime, 74, an Imo State indigene, was murdered on June 2, 2016 in Kofar Wambai Market area of Kano State by Islamic fundamentalists, who falsely accused her of blasphemy against Islam.
The suspects in the trial – Zubairu Abubakar, Musa Abdullahi, Dauda Ahmed, Abdullahi Abubakar and Abdulmumeen Mustafa – were on Thursday discharged by a magistrate court in Kano on the legal advice of the state Attorney General through the Principal State Counsel, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf, who said that there was no case to answer as the suspects were all innocent.
In its reaction, MASSOB condemned the decision of the court and accused the Kano State Government of bias in the whole affair.
MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, described the judgment as further proof that Ndigbo would never get justice in Nigeria and especially in the “Islamic North” where Ndigbo have become targets of attacks by Islamic fundamentalists who have never been prosecuted.
Madu said that MASSOB was not surprised that nobody was found guilty as the directive had come from the government.
His words: “We are not surprised about the insensitive judgment of the Kano State Magistrate Court which has discharged and acquitted the Islamic fundamentalists who attacked and murdered Madam Agbahime of any crime, because the directives must have come from the Kano State government. The gruesome murder of Madam Agbahime is among the uncountable religious and political killings of Ndigbo in the Islamic north, which had gone unpunished by the authorities because Ndigbo and other Christians are considered as infidels whose death mean nothing.
“This is a clear case that Ndigbo are not wanted in Nigeria and especially in the north as they cannot get justice”.
The MASSOB leader further described the judgment as a slap on Ndigbo and challenged the political, religious and traditional leaders and especially the Imo State Government, to rise to the defense of the family of the bereaved.