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Blasphemy: Police arrest Sheikh Abduljabbar, to spend Sallah in Kano Prison


Blasphemy: Police arrest controversial Sheikh Abduljabbar, to spend Sallah in Kano Prison

Embattled Kano-based controversial cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, who has been accused of alleged blasphemous Islamic teachings, was picked up by the police.

The Sheik was arrested in Kano State on Friday morning.

Daily Trust reported that one of the aides of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Abubakar Aminu Ibrahim, confirmed the cleric’s arrest in a social media post.

“Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara arrested now, will be prosecuted in accordance with Islamic teaching,” he posted.

One of Abduljabbar’s followers, however, denied the report, saying he was only invited by the police and grilled for several hours.

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When contacted, Malam Muhammad Garba, Kano Commissioner for Information, confirmed the Sheik arrest, saying he would remain in prison till July 28.

The development comes one week after he challenged other scholars at a debate.

The judge of the debate, Professor Salisu Shehu, had declared that the cleric failed to answer questions and clear himself of the allegations levelled against him.

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But the cleric dismissed the judge’s remark, arguing that he was not given adequate time.

He, however, called for a fresh debate but his request was not granted.

In an audio clip released on Sunday, the cleric was heard saying, “If these utterances were actually from me, that I am the one who made them and they are not in any of the scriptures, then I have accepted it as a capital offence, and therefore tender my apology.

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“But, if they are not from me, that they were actually from those scriptures, then it is a challenge to all Muslims to come together and fish out those ‘false’ Hadiths (traditions of the Prophet, PBUH), to prevent adulterating our religion.

“However, if they were from me, I hereby tender my apology, first to Allah the Almighty, then to the Muslim Ummah, and hereby retract them.”

Abduljabbar is a factional leader of the Qadiriyya sect in Kano.