A Talata Mafara High Court in Zamfara, North Eastern Nigeria on Monday sentenced 37-year-old Abdullahi Abubakar to death by hanging for the murder of his step-daughter.
The convict, of Tungar-miya village had been arraigned in August, 2008 for putting a poisonous substance, suspected to be `Germaline’ in his step-daughter, Subaiwa’s food, which had led to her death.
Justice Bello Gummi said that the court was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence as confessed by him in a statement, adding that he did it intentionally.
“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.
Counsel to the convict, Mr Benn Ezza, said that the judgment came as a surprise.
“We will study the judgment and establish the next line of action.” He said. (NAN)