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Alleged Blasphemy: Judge Orders Psychiatric Evaluation Of Kano Cleric

Sarki Yola, the presiding judge in the case of a Kano Controversial cleric, Sheikh Abduljabar Nasiru Kabara over alleged blasphemous statements, has ordered for the psychiatrist evaluation of the Sheikh after he remained permanently mute on a series of questions he was asked.
Kabara’s counsel, Sale Bagoro, had ordered his client to remain silent on questions fired at him by the Justice Yola on four fresh charges filed by the Kano State Government.
Government lead counsel, Suraj Said, filed the fresh charges against the controversial cleric, something that created misunderstanding between the defendant’s counsel and government counsel.
However, the presiding judge agreed to approve the inclusion of the fresh charges filed by the lawyers representing Kano state government only if the accused answered in the affirmative or rejected the charges.
Lawyers to Sheikh Kabara, who objected to the fresh charges and told him not to respond to whatever was slammed against him, led to his keeping mute on a series of questions asked him by the Yola, even as he refused to state whether he was guilty or not.
The judge overruled objections and ordered Kabara to respond to the new charges, but his lawyers asked him to keep mute, which he obliged.
The Kano State Upper Shari’ah Court presided over by Ibrahim Sarki Yola had fixed September 2, 2021 to deliver his ruling on the eligibility of four SANs to continue with the prosecution of Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, who is standing trial on allegations bordering on defamation and alleged defamatory statement against the Holy Prophet.
The lead counsel, Suraj Sa’aida had, while tendering the Fiat Instrument to the court on the instruction of Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Musa Abdullahi Lawan, urged the court to terminate the First Information Report earlier presented to the court by Police when the defendant was first arraigned on 16th July, 2021 and granted leave to the prosecution to read the prepared charge to Abduljabbar Kabara.
Yola adjourned the case to September 16, 2021 for continued hearing and to enable the court to receive the health report of the Sheikh.

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