Zamfara - A Talata Mafara High
Court in Zamfara on Monday sentenced one Abdullahi Abubakar,37, to death
by hanging for the murder of his step-daughter.
The convict, of Tungar-miya village in the Talata Mafara Local
Government Area was arraigned in August, 2008 for putting a poisonous
substance, suspected to be 'Germaline' in his step-daughter's food,
which led to her death.
Justice Bello Gummi while delivering judgment, said that the court
was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the
offence as confessed by him in a statement.
Gummi said the convict intentionally and with the knowledge that death or grievous bodily injury would be the probable consequence of his action, poisoned his step-daughter, whose name was given as Suwaiba.
"The court, therefore, finds and holds that the prosecution has established the guilt of the accused person as charged.
"I accordingly sentence you to death and you will be hung by the
neck until you die. This judgment is subject to confirmation by the
state governor," he said.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the judgment,
Counsel to the convict, Benn Ezza, said that the judgment came to
them as a surprise.
"We will study the judgment and establish the next line of action."