Leaders of Igbo community in Kano State have denied planning to protest the release of five suspects accused of killing a female trader, Bridget Agbahime.
Ms. Agbahime, 74, an Imo State indigene, was murdered in Kofar Wambai Market on June 2 for alleged blasphemy.
The police slammed five suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi, with a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.
The Chief Magistrate handling the case, Muhammad Jibril, last Thursday discharged the five suspects and terminated the case as advised by the attorney-general of Kano State.
After the release of the suspects, rumours were rife in Kano that traders in the market, who are mostly Igbo, were planning to protest the acquittal of the suspects.
They however, denied planning any protest.
Speaking at the Zone One office of the Nigerian Police Force in the state, President of the Igbo Community Association, ICA, Oke Iwoha, said there was never a plan to launch a protest against the court’s ruling.
He said that although they were not happy with the judgement, they would not take the law into their hands.
He also said the association has cautioned its members against any protest.
“We are not happy with this ruling, but we are peace loving Nigerians. We told our people not to react. We calmed them down. We will follow appropriate channels to ensure that justice is done for us,” he said
He also said the officials were at the office of the Assistant Inspector General, AIG, to intimate him on their plans.
“We told him that we will take no action that is contrary to the law of the land because we are living peacefully with Kano people of Kano and assured him of our resolve to maintain that harmonious relationship,” he said.
On his part, the AIG Zone One, Albania Ibrahim, said he swiftly intervened in the matter on hearing the protest rumour.
He said he quickly summoned the Igbo community leaders to his office to strategize on how to amicably resolve the matter. He also said everyone had agreed to live in peace.