By Bashir Bello
The Nigerian Correctional Service, Kano State Command and Barrister Rabiu Abdullahi, a lawyer to the embattled Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasir Kabara have debunked news making round that the latter, Abduljabbar who is in custody is critically ill.
While the authorities of the correctional facility said he is hale and hearty, the lawyer, Abdullahi said he is not critically ill as exaggerated.
At the wake of Thursday morning, news attributed to one Yakubu Abdullahi filtered around insinuating that the cleric was critically ill and bleeding blood at the correctional facility.
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Reacting to the development in a statement issued to Vanguard on Thursday, the Kano state Command Spokesman, DSC Musbahu K/Nasarawa called on the general public to discountenance this falsehood which is a figment of the imagination of the author.
DSC Musbahu said, “The attention of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Kano State Command, has been drawn to a malicious and false report in the public domain that Kano-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, who is in our custody, is seriously ill.
” The service wishes to inform the public that the said Sheikh, as well as other inmates of custodial centres in the state, are hale and hearty. The Service prioritizes the medical and health welfare of all inmates.”
He went ahead to buttress his point by saying, “Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara is accorded the awaiting trial privileged of eating food prepared for him by his family and even the water he drinks are all from his family that supply that and gives to him after inspection by the Correctional centre officers,” DSC Musbahu however stated.
Similarly, when Vanguard contacted the lawyer to the cleric, Bar. Abdullahi said they disowned the claims that the cleric was critically ill and poisoned.
“We disown that statement. That Abdullahi Yakubu is never Sheikh Abduljbbar’s lawyer. And he cannot speak on his behalf. And we don’t even know him. What we can confirm to you is that Sheikh Abduljabbar is a little bit sick but not to that extent of bleeding blood. And we are not accusing anybody to have poisoned him. We don’t know where those claims are coming from. I am just coming out from the prison and I have continued to clear the air.
This is what we are telling you the Press. I have spoken to so many media houses to disown this statement.
Recall that Sheikh Abduljabbar is standing trial for alleged blasphemy and incitement charges in the state.