A Kano-based Cleric Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara appealed to a Kano Upper Shari’a Court on to transfer his ongoing trial for suspected blasphemous comments to another judge.
Recall that the Kano State Government prosecuted Kabara on four counts bordering on blasphemous comments against Prophet Muhammad, PBUH, which he allegedly made on Aug.10, Oct. 25 and Dec. 20, 2019.
When the matter was called, the defence counsel Dalhatu Shehu-Usman was not in court, Daily Nigerian reports.
He said his counsel did show up in court because he had written a letter to Grand Khadi of Kano State to transfer his ongoing trial to another Court.
“I want the case to be transferred to another judge who has no relationship to both parties in the case.
”In my defence, my former lawyers forced me not to explain all what I have on my mind to defend myself well and tender all the books I have as exhibits.
”I also noticed that the court is not writing all what I said but only a few in my defense as well as changing some things while testifying before the court was what made me decide my trial to be transferred to another Court,” Sheikh Abduljabba said through his counsel.
The Prosecution Counsel, Suraj Sa’eda, SAN, urged the court to order the defense counsel to appear before the court at the next adjourned date.
Wikki Times learnt that the presiding judge, Ibrahim Sarki-Yola had earlier asked the defendant to state reasons why he wishes for the trial to be transferred to another Court.
Furthermore, Mr Sarki-Yola prompted the defendant to call on his counsel to appear before the court in the next hearing. He added that he can get a new counsel if he so wishes.
“By the next adjourned date if the defence counsel Shehu-Usman does not appear in court, I will remove him from this matter,” Mr Sarki-Yola said.
The defence counsel, Dalhatu Shehu-Usman walked out of the court on the judge on July 7, Wikki Times gathered.
ikkiTimes recalls that Sheikh Abduljabbar allegedly made blasphemous statements against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in his marriage with Nana Safiyya in Jautul Fara, Section 93 (40) and hadith 1,365 and 1,428. Sahih-Bukhari and Muslim.
The case was recessed until July 28, for further defense.