The Kano State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service has slammed alleged reports that Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabra has been poisoned.
The notorious Kano-based Islamic cleric was apprehended and charged with blasphemy in court.
Sheikh Abduljabbar was accused of uttering insulting and sacrilegious words against the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s associates (S.A.W).
Abduljabbar’s lawyer, Yakubu Abdullahi, was quoted as claiming that he was sick when he visited him in prison after the case was postponed till July 28. According to the lawyer, the Sheik was poisoned at a Kano correctional facility.
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The claim was however dismissed by the command. According to the command, the cleric is “hale and hearty”. The statement read;
“The attention of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Kano state Command, has been drawn to a malicious and false report in public domain that Kano-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, who is in our custody, is seriously ill.
“The Service is calling on the general public to debunk and discountenance this falsehood which is a figment of the imagination of the author.
“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.”