- Controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, has been arrested by men of the Nigeria police
- According to reports, the cleric will be prosecuted according to Islamic teachings after the Sallah celebration
- The arrested Sheikh Abduljabbar is reported to be a factional leader of the Qadiriyya sect in Kano state
Controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, has been arrested by the police.
The arrest was confirmed by Abubakar Aminu Ibrahim, one of the aides of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Daily Trust reports.
According to him, he will be prosecuted in accordance with Islamic teaching. Abduljabbar is a factional leader of the Qadiriyya sect in Kano.
Also, Malam Muhammad Garba, Kano commissioner for information, confirmed the Sheik arrest. The commissioner said he would remain in prison till July 28, Vanguard newspaper added.
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.
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.
Kano government bans Abduljabbar Kabara from preaching
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that the Kano state government made a decision on hits decision to ban Abduljabbar Kabara, whose teachings were considered inflammatory and capable of kindling religious tension and disunity.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, through his media aide, Abba Anwar, on Sunday, February 7, announced that the state has proposed a live debate between Kabara and some Muslim clerics.
Ganduje said the government's new resolve is one of the resolutions made in a recent meeting attended by some top stakeholders in the state among who are the commissioner for religious affairs, Tahar Adam, the chief of staff to the governor, Ali Makoda, and a former gubernatorial candidate in Kano, Salihu Takai.
The governor said the decision will create an avenue for a peaceful dialogue in a bid to douse tension and calm frayed nerves.
Abduljabbar Kabara speaks
Legit.ng also reported that Kabara opened up on why he believes the Kano state government stopped him from preaching.
In his talk after Governor Abdulahi Ganduje took the action against him, Sheik Karaba alleged that the move is politically-driven and not in any way a religious issue. The fiery Islamic cleric said the governor clamped down on him because he opposed him during the 2019 governorship election in the state.
Calling on his followers to prepare their votes ahead of the next election, Kabara said his real enemies are other scholars, not the government, adding that it only happened that the state is now working on their behalf.