Lawyers withdraw from defending Sheikh Abduljabbar
NEWS DIGEST – A group of lawyers, who were standing for a controversial Kano Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara, have announced their withdrawal from the case.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Abduljabbar is being remanded at the Kurmawa Correctional Centre after being charged by Kano state government for alleged blasphemy.
Mr Kabara had engaged the lawyers to defend him after his arraignment at Upper Shariah Court in Kano.
But in a letter addressed to the judge of the Upper Shariah Court, dated September 15, the lawyers said they have withdrawn from the case with suit numbers CR/1/2021 and CR/631/2021.
The defence lawyers, Saleh M Bagoro, HG Magashi, Bashir Sabiu, R.S. Abdullahi and Y.A. Umar, said in the withdrawal letter titled “Withdrawal from the case between Kano State Government and Sheikh Abduljabar Nasiru Kabara, with file number CR/1/2021 and case file number CR/631/2021”, that they decided to withdraw their services after meeting with their client on September 14 at the Kurmawa Correctional Center.
“We hope the Court would accept our withdrawal. We pray the judge would do justice,” the letter, signed by both the lawyers and Mr Abduljabbar, said.
The Prosecution Counsel, Suraj Sa’eda, SAN, did not object to the application for the withdrawal of the defence counsel.
He informed the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug.10, Oct.25 and Dec.20, 2019.
Mr Sa’eda alleged that the defendant made a blasphemous comment against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in his marriage with Nana Safiyya in Jautul Fara, section 93 (40) and hadith 1,365 and 1,428.
The defendant, however, told the court that he refused to answer his plea on the instruction of his counsel.
The Judge, Ibrahim Sarki-Yola, granted the prayer of the defence counsel.
Mr Sarki-Yola said that the defendant has legal rights to engage the services of a new lawyer of his choice, according to section 269 (1-4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2019.
He adjourned the matter until Sept.30, for the continuation of hearing.
Recall that Mr Sarki-Yola had ordered for a mental evaluation of Mr Abduljabbar when he refused to respond to a series of questions in the court at the last sitting.
Mr Abduljabar had refused to talk after the government’s lead counsel, Suraj Said, filed fresh charges against the sheikh, a situation that generated a heated debate between counsel to the defendant and that of the government.
Meanwhile, the court registry tendered the mental evaluation medical report of the defendant, from Kano State Hospital Management Board, Dawanau Psychiatric Hospital and Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano.
The medical report reveals that the defendant was mentally fit and had no hearing deficiency.