Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Electrician sentenced to death for killing woman

01 November 2012, 07:24

Ikeja - A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Wednesday sentenced a 31-year-old electrician, Abdulkadri Issa, to death by hanging for killing a woman, Mrs Catherine Kate-Amadi, in 2006.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Iyabo Kasali convicted Issa of a charge of murder preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

The judge held that circumstantial evidence before the court placed Issa as the last person seen at the scene of the murder.

Kasali held that Issa failed to convince the court that the blood-soaked clothes, tendered by the prosecution as an exhibit, were not his own.

She said there were also discrepancies in Issa's evidence before the court and his statement at the Festac Police Station.

"The sentence of the court upon you, Issa, is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead. May the Lord have mercy on your soul," the judge said.

NAN reports that Issa was arraigned before the court on December 7, 2009.  He had pleaded not guilty.

 The prosecution had said that Issa stabbed the woman to death with a knife on October 30, 2006 at her residence located at Block 3, Flat 8, LSPDC Estate, Ebute Meta, Lagos.

The prosecution, led by Mr Adegboyega Bajulaye had submitted that Issa killed Kate-Amadi for reasons best known to him, after she brought him into her residence to repair some electrical appliances.

A prosecution witness had testified that Issa was seen inside the apartment with his clothes soaked with the deceased’s blood.

According to the prosecution, he locked himself inside a toilet to evade arrest when neighbours came into the apartment.

NAN reports that Issa had in the statement at the police station claimed that he was locked inside the toilet by two men.

He, however, admitted before the court that he locked himself inside the toilet when he heard noise being made outside by the deceased’s neighbours.

Meanwhile, his counsel, Mr Yemi Omodele, told NAN that he would appeal the judgment.

"We are going to appeal against the judgment because it goes against the weight of evidence before the court."


Tags lagos murder

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...