A Jigawa State High Court sitting in Gumel has sentenced one Rabiu Mamman of Medin Labo village, Gagarawa Local Government Area to death by hanging for killing his wife.
The presiding judge, Justice Abubakar Mohammed Sambo, found Mamman guilty of culpable homicide, which, he said, was punishable by death.
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A statement by the spokesperson for the state’s Ministry of Justice, Zainab Baba Santali, sent to Daily Trust confirmed.
According to the statement, the convict, in 2016, ambushed his wife in Mesheda bush and hit her with a stick on the head, which instantly resulted in her death. The defendant further dug a shallow grave and buried her body.
“In proving the fact of the case, the prosecution counsel, Jamilu Mohammed called four (4) witnesses and tendered the recorded statements of the defendant. The defendant testified in his own defence, by denying the charges against him.”
She added that the trial judge ruled that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt for the offence of culpable homicide punishable with death. He, therefore, convicted Mamman on the first count charge and sentenced him to death by hanging under the Section 221(b) of the Jigawa State Penal Code.
The court, however, held that the prosecution had failed to prove the second count charge of giving false information contrary to section 178 of the penal code Jigawa State, as such acquitted him.