Group cries foul over release of murder suspects in Kano
The Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), an organisation comprising of Igbos at home and in Diaspora, has condemned the release of five suspects that were allegedly involved in the murder of a 74-year-old Mrs. Bridget Agbahime in Kano State.
The suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Abdullahi Abubakar, Zubairu Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi allegedly murdered the deceased, who hailed from Imo State on June 2, 2016.
According to a statement by the president of the group, Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke, the group views the release of the suspects as a travesty of justice on ethno-religious grounds.
The statement reads: “That an attorney general vested with the responsibility of pursuing justice in the murder of an innocent citizen has rather abdicated his responsibility in favour of the murderers, represents the greatest example of state support and legitimisation of murder on religious and ethnic grounds in the north.
“We warn that these killings condoned by the northern establishment and Buhari’s administration constitutes the greatest threat to national unity. We, hereby, call on the Federal Government to immediately compel the Attorney General of Kano State to re-arrest and re-arraign the alleged murderers of Bridget Agbahime. This is the irreducible minimum to uphold the rule of law without sentiments and restore confidence.”
The group also frowned at the inability of the Imo State government to render any form of help to the family of the deceased. “We call on Governor Rochas Okorocha to reach out to his counterpart in Kano and ensure that justice is obtained for the deceased and her family,” the group stressed.