Rumour of Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara being poisoned has been debunked by Kano state command of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
The controversial Kano-based Islamic cleric had been arrested and charged to court for blasphemy. Sheikh Abduljabbar was accused of making statements mortifying the companions and sacrilegious to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).
Abduljabbar’s lawyer,Yakubu Abdullahi who visited him in prison where he is being held in custody after the case was adjourned till July 28, was quoted saying that he was sick. The lawyer reportedly said the Sheik had been poisoned at a Correctional facility in Kano.
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.”