Sheik Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, who is being tried for allegedly making blasphemous comments against Muslims’ Prophet, Muhammad, has accused his counsel, Dalhatu Shehu, and the judge presiding over his case, Justice Ibrahim Sarki Yola, of collecting N2m from him in bribery.
Kabara, a Kano resident, is charged with making anti-Muhammad’s statements allegedly capable of breaching public peace.
His case is before the Kano Shari’a high court sitting at Kofar Kudu and it came up for hearing on Thursday during which the defendant dropped the bombshell, alleging Shehu of collecting N2m on the ground of giving a substantial part of the sum to the judge for alleged procurement of his bail, but things didn’t turn out as promised.
Instead, his bail was not granted by Justice Yola allegedly in spite the latter in receipt of N1.3m.
His word, “Sometime, Dalhatu met me that the judge told him that if not of two people, he would have released me – my relative, Kabiru and chief judge.
“He told me that if I can give out N2m, he (the judge) will release me. After I gave the money and I was not released, I demanded return of my money but he told me to be patient till date.
“I gave the money to secure my release but not as a bribe. For me to give a bribe it’s better they hang me. He(Dalhatu) told him that he gave the judge N1.3m and N200,000 to someone while he (the counsel) pocketed N300,000.”
However, the judge denied collecting the money, adding that since the time he ordered the counsel to stand in for Abduljabbar, he never spoke to him.