Man accused of attempting to kill Kano Emir dies in prison


A 19-old-man, who was charged to court for allegedly attempting to assassinate Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero in 2010, died in the wee hours of Sunday while on admission.Usman Musa was arraigned after a foiled attack on the respected monarch after Muslim Juma’at prayer inside Kano Central mosque, located behind the emir’s palace on July 9, 2012.Daily Trust learnt that the accused person fell ill while in prison custody and was last week moved to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital (MMSH) in Kano, where he died.

His elder brother disclosed that the deceased, who had spent more than two years in detention awaiting trial, was rushed to the hospital by prison authorities in Kano when his health condition deteriorated seriously.

“He was taken to the hospital unconscious and then abandoned there without food or medicines,” said Faruq Musa Muhammad.

Musa, who said his late brother was buried on Sunday evening, disclosed that the family was not comfortable with the circumstances surrounding his death.

Usman and his alleged 65-year-old accomplice Alhaji Abubakar Hamidu Batakaye, were arrested and handed over to the police after the said mission failed.

In an exclusive interview two days after the incident, Usman told

Sunday Trust that he was sent on the mission to end the life of the emir by Hamidu, who he said was a marabout rendering spiritual assistance to his mother.

The old man, who was inside the mosque at the time of the incident, however denied collaborating with the teen, even though he admitted knowing him.

Spokesperson of the Kano command of Nigerian Prisons, Mohammed Fari Yahaya, confirmed that the inmate died after suffering an undisclosed ailment.



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