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Kano: Court sentences man to death for killing stepmother

The Kano State High Court sitting in Audu Bako Secretariat has sentenced one Sagiru Wada to death by hanging for killing his stepmother, Zainab Dan-Azumi.

The convict was arrested eight years ago after using a sword to cut his stepmother into pieces.

Delivering judgment in the case on Thursday, the presiding judge, Justice Aisha Mahmud convicted Mr Wada under Section 221 of the Kano State Penal Code for killing his stepmother by cutting her into pieces with a sword.

Justice Mahmud said she was “satisfied” with “all the evidence tendered” before the court, ruling that the prosecution had proven their case “beyond reasonable doubt”.

The defense team, led by Rabi’u Abubakar, told the court that the convict was “suffering from mental health” but the court rejected their claim due to the testimonies of witnesses that appeared before it.

The prosecution, led by Tijjani Ibrahim, said they were pleased that the court had studied the case carefully, and there was no evidence to prove that the convict was mentally ill.

The defence team later told reporters that they would “study the judgment” and take further action.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor