Kebbi court sentences housewife to death for murder of ex-husband 

The Kebbi state High Court has sentenced an ex-wife to a Chief Magistrate, Farida Abubakar, to death by hanging for the murder of her husband.

The deceased was stabbed to death by a sharp object on his abdomen, neck and left arm which led to his demise. 

Delivering judgment Monday, the chief judge of the state who adjudicated, Justice Umar Abubakar, said the court was convinced that the accused person committed the offence according to evidence adduced by the prosecution.

“The defendant was last seen with the deceased in his house in Birnin Kebbi, shortly after, he was found dead. Circumstantial evidence linked the defendant to the offence.

“The burden of proof is on the prosecution to establish guilt against the accused person beyond reasonable doubt within the boundary of evidence adduced.

“With the extra judicial statement of the accused person and the testimony of 12 prosecution witnesses, the court is overwhelmingly convinced that the circumstantial evidence is an irresistible fact that she was the one who killed the deceased. “The deceased was last seen with the defendant alive alone. The evidence adduced is cogent, compelling and not controverted. Her hijab was found smeared with blood. It was her intention of causing death and she knew death would be the consequent outcome of her action. The offence was committed at a time the deceased was about to marry a new wife.

“The court is satisfied. It is clearly established that the defendant mercilessly planned and marshaled the attack with sharp object, obviously to cause death or knowing the consequence of her act to cause death or does not care.

“The court has found you guilty of culpable homicide and bodily harm and the court has convicted you as charged.

“The court has sentenced you to death by hanging in accordance with section 191(b) penal code law of Kebbi state. You are to be hanged by the neck until you are dead,” Justice Abubakar said in the judgment,” the Judge read out in the judgment.