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Court remands housewife for allegedly stabbing house help to death




A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Kano on Wednesday, ordered the remand of a 24-year-old housewife, Hafsat Surajo, in a Correctional Center for allegedly stabbing her house help, Nafiu Hafizu,38 to death.

The defendant, who lives at Unguwa Uku Quarters Kano,is standing trial on a two-count charge of attempt to commit suicide and culpable homicide.

Chief Magistrate Hadiza Abdulrahman, ordered the remand of the defendant in a Correctional Center.

She adjourned the matter until Feb.1, 2024 for further mention.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Lamido Sorondinki, informed the court that on Dec.20, the defendant used a sharp knife and attempted to commit suicide by killing her self in the process cut herself on her left hand.

“In the process the defendant used the said sharp knife and stabbed Nafiu on his chest and other parts of his body which led to his death”

The defendant pleaded guilty to the first charge and pleaded not guilty to the second charge.

The offence contravened the provisions of section 281 and 221 of the Penal Code.

Meanwhile, Hafsat’s husband “Dayyabu Abdullahi, Adamu Muhammad and Nasidi Muhammad were arraigned before the Chief Magistrates’ Court for concealment of fact on the alleged murder of Nafiu.

The defendants were charged on three-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, concealment of fact and false information.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Sorondinki alleged that on Dec.20, the defendants conspired with one Haruna Adamu now at large and concealed the cause of Nafiu’s death.

“The defendants misled and gave false information to the deceased family by saying he died as a result of pile surgery”

The defendants denied committing the offence.

According to the prosecutor,the offence contravened the provisions of section 97, 277 and 178 of the Penal Code.

“We have received a copy of the case diary from the police, we will study it and issue a legal advice.

“Mylord we will furnish the defense counsel with all the facilities concerning the case”

The defense counsel, Rabiu Sidi and Rabiu Abdullahi, urged the court to grant the defendants bail pursuant to section 36(5) of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution as amended and section 168 and 172 of ACJL 2019 Kano State.

“All we want is Justice to be done to both parties”

The Judge ordered that the defendants be remanded in a Correctional Center and adjourned the matter until Jan.8, 2024 for mention.



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