Alleged blasphemy: Court fixes Aug.18 for re-arraignment of Kano cleric



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


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

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nasiru-Kabara was first arraigned court on July 16.

Nasiru-Kabara however pleaded not guilty.

Earlier, Prosecution Counsel, Aisha Mahmoud, told court that State had new information concerning the case.

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

Responding, Counsel to defendant, Saleh Muhammad-Bakaro, prayed court to compel prosecution to furnish him with the names and addresses of the witnesses, citing Section 204 of 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 Presiding Judge, Malam Ibrahim Sarki-Yola, overruled the request of the defence counsel to furnish him with list of witnesses and other documents.

Sarki-Yola said the defence counsel should wait charge to be read to the defendant seeking prosecution witnesses names and other documents.

He urged all the counsel to respect each other and guard their utterances.

“This is a court not a market place,” he said.

Sarki-Yola ordered that the cleric be remanded in a correctional centre.

He adjourned the case until Aug.18, for re-arraignment.(NAN)