President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday condemned Thursday’s killing of a woman, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, by a mob in Kano, and declared that justice would be done in the matter.
Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, condoled with the husband of the deceased, Pastor Mike Agbahime, and the family.
He prayed that God might give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
He also commended the law enforcement agents for apprehending the prime suspect in the killing, as well as the Kano State government, which summoned a meeting of Christian and Islamic leaders soon after the incident.
He warned those who may want to use the development to fan the embers of religious or ethnic hatred to remember that two wrongs never make a right, and that when law and order breaks down, those who become victims are never distinguished on the basis of religion or ethnicity.
“The incident at Kofar Wambai market, Kano city, is utterly condemnable, and the state government has been quite proactive. Let us ensure that we keep the peace, as justice will be done. Let us learn to respect each other’s faith, so that we can know each other and live together in peace,” the President said.
Police Inspector-General Solomon Arase has deployed homicide detectives to take over the investigation into the incident.
The police, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole confirmed the arrest of two principal suspects in connection with the murder – Dauda Ahmed and Subeiru Abubakar.
Arase condemned the incident and appealed for calm while assuring the family of the deceased and the general public that justice would be done in the case.
The IG directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in- charge of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to deploy the Homicide Section of the Department to immediately take over the investigation of the case and ensure a meticulous investigation and speedy prosecution of the arrested suspects.
The Force emphasized the sanctity of human lives and condemned in strong terms the violation of the right to life of citizens under any guise.