Nigeria's top Islamic body condemns mob killing of Christian woman

2016-06-05 21:18


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Kano - The umbrella body for Nigerian Muslim groups on Sunday condemned the mob killing of an elderly Christian woman in northern city of Kano last week, describing the perpetrators as "miscreants and criminals."

Bridget Agbahime, 74, the wife of a pastor, was killedin the Wambai area of Kano, the region's largest city.

The act is "criminal and un-Islamic, perpetrated by miscreants and criminals," Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI) said in a statement.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa'adu Abubakar, who is the supreme head of all Muslims in Nigeria, is the JNI president.

"It is hardly believable that such dastardly acts could happen in the name of religion," JNI said.

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari on Saturday called the killing "utterly condemnable" and urged tolerance.

Abahime, an ethnic Igbo trader was "mobbed and extra-judicially murdered" at a market, according to a police statement.

Two suspects have been arrested, according to Nigeria's police chief Solomon Arase.

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