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Defendant Admits Guilt in Kano Mosque Fire Case, Court Orders Remand

By Our Correspondent

A Kano Upper Shari’a Court on Monday, ordered the remand of one Shafi’u Abubakar, 38, in prison custody for allegedly setting a mosque on fire and killing several people in Gezawa local government.

Abubakar is charged on three count count bordering on mischief by fire, causing grevous hurt and culpable homicide contrary to section 336, 247 and 221 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law.

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The judge, Malam Halhalatu Zakariyya, ordered the remand of the defendant in prison custody and ordered the court registry to write a letter to Legal Aid Council to provide a counsel for the defendant.

The court adjourned the matter until May 31, for hearing

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Attorney General of Kano State, Haruna Isa Dederi, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 15, at Gadan Village Gezawa Local Government.

Dederi said on the same date at about 5:15 a.m the defendant used petrol and set a mosque at Gadan Village on fire during subhi prayer.

“The defendant poured the petrol on the carpet where Sani Suleiman and 24 others were praying, and closed the door.

“In the process several people sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano for treatment, while Suleiman and 13 others died while receiving treatment”

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He urged the court to allow the defendant get a lawyer to give him his constitutional right.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

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