The Enugu State Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), yesterday expressed reservation on the release of the five suspects who were remanded in prison custody over the killing of Bridget Agbahime in Kano State, for alleged blasphemy by a Kano Magistrate Court on the orders of the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.
Describing the action as an invitation to chaos across the country, the association called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the South-east governors to rise up to the occasion in order not to jeopardise the life of Ndigbo and other Christians resident in the North in view of the way the gruesome murder of a hapless Agbahime has been handled.
CAN made the observations during its executive committee in Enugu, during which it also commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for the way he had handled the issues of security of lives and property, and for the inauguration of developmental projects across the 17 local government areas of the state.
The Secretary of CAN in the state, Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa, who disclosed this in a statement after the meeting, said the action of the Kano State Government on the killing of Agbahime would further embolden religious fanatics and other criminal elements into freely attacking Christians across the country, under the cover of religion.
The Chief Magistrate of the Kano Magistrate Court, had on Friday discharged all the five suspected killers of 74-year-old, Bridget Agbahime, who was murdered in June at Kofar Wambai Market in Kano state for allegedly making a blasphemous statement against Prophet Muhammed.
The Principal State Counsel, Rabiu Yusuf, who represented the attorney-general of Kano State told the court that there is no case to answer as all the suspects were innocent and should be discharged immediately