Kano Mosque Fire: Suspect to Face Trial on July 4

Written By Godstime Silas

A devastating act of violence has shaken the community of Larabar Abasawa village in Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State, Nigeria. On May 15, a mosque was set ablaze, trapping worshippers inside and claiming the lives of 19 people. The suspect, 38-year-old Shafi’u Abubakar, has been charged with mischief by fire, causing grievous hurt, and culpable homicide, offenses that violate sections 336, 247, and 221 of the Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law.

As the case unfolded in the Upper Shari’a Court of Kano, the prosecution counsel, Mr. Salisu Tahir, revealed that the death toll had risen from 14 to 19, necessitating an updated charge sheet to reflect the full extent of the tragedy. The court granted an adjournment until July 4 to allow the prosecution to prepare and present its case, including witness testimony.

Meanwhile, the defense counsel, Auwal Abubakar from the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, has been appointed to represent the defendant, Shafi’u Abubakar. The court has ordered the prosecution to share all relevant case materials with the defense, ensuring a fair and transparent trial.

As the community continues to mourn the loss of their loved ones, the court’s presiding judge, Malam Halhalatu Zakariyya, has emphasized the importance of a thorough and impartial investigation. The defendant has been remanded to a corrections center until the next hearing, pending the outcome of the trial.

The people of Kano State and beyond are watching this case closely, seeking justice and closure for the victims and their families. As the legal proceedings unfold, one thing is clear: the act of violence that destroyed a place of worship and claimed so many lives will not be forgotten, and those responsible will be held accountable.

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