A Kano cleric, Abduljabar Kabara, who was charged with alleged blasphemy on Thursday, accused his lawyer, Dalhatu Shehu-Usman, of raising 2 million naira to bribe the presiding judge of a higher Shariah court in Kano as part of of his ongoing trial.

The accused is charged with four counts bordering on blasphemous comments against the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on August 10, October 25 and December 20, 2019.

When the hearing resumed, the defense lawyer, Mr. Shehu-Usman, represented by Muhammad Lawan, in his prayer, urged the court to allow the accused to adopt his last written statements himself .

The defendant, adopting his last written addresses dated and filed on September 20, urged the court to dismiss the case filed by the Kano State government against him and order the state government to present him with apologies.

“I urge the court to adopt the written addresses as my argument in this case as evidence and my audio preaching.

“My lawyer came to the jail and told me that the judge ordered him to collect 2 million naira to release him and acquit him.

“My lawyer told me that he gave the judge 1.3 million naira, another person 200,000 naira and he himself took 500,000 naira,” he said.

Prosecution attorney, Mamman Lawan-Yusufari, SAN, in his last written addresses dated and filed September 22, urged the court to convict the defendant according to law and adopt their addresses as evidence against the accused.

The prosecutor closed their case with four witnesses to prove their case, while the accused presented a witness, presented 24 books and a memory card as evidence to prove his case.

The presiding judge, Ibrahim Sarki-Yola, denied the allegation of having received a bribe.

He indicated that the date of the judgment would later be communicated to both parties.

The accused allegedly made a blasphemous comment against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in his marriage to Nana Safiyya in Jautul Fara, section 93 (40) and hadiths 1365 and 1428. Sahih-Bukhari and Muslim.

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Mr Shehu-Usman denied the allegation that he received a bribe.

“I’m not surprised. My client has also made allegations against his other three attorney groups before,” Mr. Shehu-Usman said.

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