Progress is being made by the Police in investigations into Thursday’s beheading of Mrs. Bridget Agbahime by an irate mob in Kano Market.
The Kano State Police Command has arrested 3 persons in connection with the alleged murder of the 74-year-old victim, Madam Bridget Agbahime. Bridget Patience Agbaheme was an Igbo woman from Imo state was known to be a quiet and decent woman.
The late Madam Bridget was decapitated in a rather gruesome manner by a mob at Kofar Wambai market on Thursday.
Bridget Agbahime, 74, was lynched and beheaded at Kano market by the mob in the presence of her husband over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Kano State said that they were saddened by the violent incident and in a statement signed by their President Chris Chukwubuzor Asuka and his secretary, Damian Obisike, they said;
“We wish to condemn the extrajudicial murder of Mrs Briget Agbaheme, and we call on the authorities to take every step needed to investigate the incident properly so as to ascertain exactly what happened and to hold those responsible accountable for their actions”.
The statement continued by stating that “We are worried by the alarming culture of violence and bloodshed in Nigeria where faceless elements take laws into their hands often on the ground of religion without recourse to the rule of law”.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kano State Police Command, DSP Magaji Musa Majia disclosed that three suspects have been arrested and are presently in police custody in connection with the incident.
He added that the suspects were being interrogated over their role in the killing of Mrs Bridget Agbahime.
DSP Majia said;
“…we are working tirelessly to get to the root of this matter, and we are equally not leaving any stone unturned in the course of our investigation”.
Earlier today, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase had directed the deployment of some homicide detectives to Kano State to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and fish out the culprits.
The IG had assured that justice will be done in the case and that no citizen should be deprived of their right to life. Arase also urged residents as well as citizens in the country at large to remain law abiding and not take laws into their own hands.
Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had also expressed strong displeasure and condemned the dastardly act by the mob. Prominent community and religious leaders also joined in condemning the act by the angry mob.
The suspects were said to not only have incited the mob but also carried out the stabbing and eventually beheaded the 74-year-old woman. Jungle justice is not unusual in Nigeria but it has rarely reached the heights that it did in this case with such a gruesome end that has gotten quite a lot of people crying out.
Mrs Bridget Agbahime’s, so-called crime which led the mob to attack was a rather simple one. She had requested that ablution should not be performed in front of her shop and the group got offended, hanging onto the claim that she had no right to determine what happened in front of her shop.