Angry Muslim youths in Kano on Thursday evening decapitated a woman trader over allegations that she blasphemed Prophet Muhammad.

The victim, who was said to be of Igbo extraction was accused of blasphemy during a religious argument at Wambai market.

The woman, who sells plastics at the local market was in the company of her husband when she was murdered.


Contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Kano Police Command, DSP Musa Magaji, confirmed the incident.

He said: “At about 4:30 pm, there was a disagreement between the murdered woman and some traders bordering on religion.

“The woman was said to have blasphemed Prophet Mohammed, which did not go down well with the mob.”


He said the woman whose name he didn’t disclose, was in the company of her husband when the incident happened but the timely intervention of the police saved the husband, who was immediately whisked away for safety.

The victim was later identified by police sources as ‘Bridget Patience Agbaheme’ who is an Igbo lady from Imo state.

Late Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme was known to be a quiet and decent woman. She was married to Pas­tor Mike Agbaheme, a senior pas­tor with Deeper Life Bible Church in the state in 1982. The deceased family hails from Orodo village in Mbaitolu Local Government area of Imo State.

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A trader at the Kofar Wambai market spoke highly of the deceased: “I knew her as a woman that respects people and I doubt if she can make any statement capable of blasphemy.

Mrs Bridget Agbaheme had many customers buying goods from her petty trading along the roadside but I suspect may be her enemies incited a riotous mob against her.”

Follow­ing the tension that pervaded the area, many Christians stayed in­doors or limited their movements to seemingly volatile areas as fear persists that the extremists may be up to something else.

In the light of the above, the Joint Security Task Force (JTF) in the state, in a bid to reinstate public confidence, deployed armoured car­riers vehicles and over 30 pickup vans filled with security officers, personnel who patrolled the city capital in the morning hours.

Kano State chapter of the Chris­tian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has decried the killing and the cir­cumstance leading to the pastor’s wife’s death. They held an emer­gency meeting, but would make their position public in due course.

The leader of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor Kumuyi has request­ed for details of the incident.

An emergency meeting of the Imo Community Association was going on somewhere in Sabon -Garri Area of the state as at Press time while the Chairman of the Igbo Commu­nity Association, Chief Eni Michael has described the death as barbaric and “most painful to every Igbo man and woman in the state”.

He said that Igbo people living in Kano demand nothing but justice, adding that they would monitor the situation untill the perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought to justice.

“We are not happy at all. A human being is a human being, no matter his tribe or state of origin. Her death is a challenge, we must make sure it does not happen again. And that will start with making sure that those be­hind this murder do not go scot-free.”

He charged the police to extend their dragnets to bring in anybody that played a role in the mob action against the Igbo lady.

Many more have condemned the heinous act, with religious leaders and clerics describing it as barbaric and inexcusable.

In a press statement, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Kano State said the organization is saddened by the violent incident. The statement was signed by President of the Ndigbo, Chris Chukwubuzor Asuka and his secretary, Damian Obisike.

“We wish to condemn the extrajudicial murder of Mrs. Briget Agbaheme, and we call on the authorities to take every step needed to investigate the incident properly so as to ascertain exactly what happened and to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

“We are worried by the alarming culture of violence and bloodshed in Nigeria where faceless elements take laws into their hands often on the ground of religion without recourse to the rule of law.”

The statement also called on all Kano citizens, especially the Sabon Gari Community to remain calm and law abiding while the incident is investigated.

According to the press release,  Islam and Christianity are religions of peace, and we all have a duty of respecting our religion and that of others. They admonished Christians and Muslims alike not to engage in acts capable of provoking ethnic or religious tensions under any guise.



Credit: The Sun


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  1. Afam says:

    Chineke! Can you imagine? If that innocent woman was your mother or aunty, will you open your dirty mouth and talk this nonsense?

  2. Ramotu says:

    All this drama is because of the behaviour of the northerners who calll themselves muslims. Smh

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  4. John says:

    This is wicked! Abomination!

  5. Bala says:

    They killed this innocent woman for nothing.

  6. Apeh says:

    These people are not Muslims. They are terrorists! Shikena!!

  7. Dozie says:

    Animals. Brain-washed people!

  8. Okoro says:

    It can’t be well with these northerners. They will continue suffering till this world ends.

    • Musa says:

      Are you sure it’s only northerners? What about that IGBO guy that admitted he was part of Boko Haram?

  9. Keffi says:

    The punishment of God can never end in your land for the killings of innocent souls everyday for just no reason. God is watching and He must judge all of you one by one.

  10. Chigozie says:

    See how they just wasted this woman for nothing! Chai!

  11. Adamu says:

    The woman’s husband said she was not beheaded. She was beaten to death.

    • Esther says:

      Why must she be beaten to death? For what???

    • Jennifer Okorie says:

      She was not beheaded? And so what? Is she still alive? Is she not dead? Are you guys happy now???

    • Akpan says:

      The fact of the matter is that she was murdered in the name of religion. Is that right?

    • Dave says:

      The manner of killing is immaterial. What matters is that those responsible for her death must face the law!

    • Johanna says:

      We are not debating the manner of death. Abeg forget that gist! We’re discussing the grave injustice that was done to an innocent Christian woman.

  12. Austin says:

    In as much as I condemn the killing of the woman, I still advise that we don’t post what is likely to cause religious or ethnic battle.

  13. Ogbonna says:

    Animals in human skins. Terrible people!!!

  14. Tunde says:

    We don’t need to fight or kill one another because of religion. Allow the prophet or God to justify those who blasphemed them if really we are not use by the devil.

  15. Wahab says:

    All of you are just insulting the Muslim and Islam but you don’t look at the problem you Christians cause. Just because they killed one of yours doesn’t make us wicked… How many of ours have you people killed in the east?

  16. Anthonia says:

    Woe unto those who think they are fighting for God; they are doing their master’s job, the devil.

  17. Jeremiah says:

    Sometimes I wonder what religion truly is. Sometimes I wonder how religion is practiced in Nigeria. Sometimes I wonder if religion is actual tool used to oppress the poor by the poor themselves. Sometimes I wonder if a man should be religious or plain godly!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Blasphemy is a word which has formed its roots in the conscious heart of the blackman. This consciousness was the reason for slavery, when a fellow blackman sold out his brother for a mere piece of mirror! Many generations after and we are still oppressed by our consciousness! Shouldn’t religion be a tool of love and neighbourhood? If it is then why should a person choose to maime or decapitate a fellow human for its sake? Sometimes I wonder if my questions will ever get a right answer!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Can’t we all just get along?

    Consider this analogy.

    The word “amen” is a Latin word which was prioritized by Christians but that word seems of equivalent value to the Muslims of today. How many of these Muslims would have been killed had the Christians perceived its usage as a blasphemy? “Jesus” has now been an exclamatory remark and direly common with the Muslims, in fact, some even go all the way “Jesus Christ” but no papers nor media house has reported a Muslim been killed for expressing emotion in impending situations at the shout of Jesus! The Holy Rosary is a totem which was known to be wielded only by Catholics who are in fact the core of Christianity but today “fashion” has made it possible for even Muslim youths to wear it “fashionably” as Christians do! If the Christians saw it otherwise how many bloodbaths would have been recorded? Sometimes I wonder if some Muslims go too extreme or if the Christians are just too peaceful, or, if things are meant t to be as they are! And sometimes I wonder if the newer generations would take events more objectively.

  20. Mariam says:

    May Allah see us through and forgive us our open sins and hidden sins… Ramadan Kareem to you all!

  21. Nkechi says:

    God of vengeance this is the time. Come and have vengeance for your people, oh Lord.

  22. Ikenna says:

    We need to understand something here. As long as we continue to stay together, this wil surely continue.

  23. Jonah says:

    Let us see this as an unfortunate event. Should we start counting this on religion, then there won’t be peace. I think I read somewhere that humans shouldn’t hate humans.

  24. Raphael says:

    I think everyone should calm down.

    Take the people that did the killing and hear the real truth from them rather than promoting religious falls.

    May her soul rest in peace and may Almighty God reveal the face(s) and mystery behind her death to the world.

  25. Ameh says:

    To me, no religion is evil; it’s humans that are evil.

  26. Mrs. Nnamdi says:

    Those that did this God will deal with them!!!!

  27. Rachel says:

    What kind of religion is this???

  28. Kudirat says:

    Kill every Christian in d whole world amd watch if you will go free… U won’t even b free from d wrath of Allah ‘cos we were not ordered to kill.

  29. Jemila says:

    If Christians decide to fight back now, what will happen? Chaos, havoc, and dispute. Den finally, the peace Islam preached will b defeated and we will be confirmed terrorists as many call us.

  30. Fadilat says:

    Can u tell me what Islam said about Accusations? This poor woman was accused and was beheaded immediately without Sharia approval? Nobody testified against her before the killing? Is dat Islam??? Ko ka mantada musulunci ne? Am not defending anybody. All Islamic schools need to be supervised to avoid all ludicrous propaganda being taught to students by some fake and Oafish scholars. I stand to be corrected if am wrong.

    To all the Christians in the house, my condolences pls….

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