NIGERIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING FOR KILLING LAWYER
July 24, 2018:
A Sokoto State High Court sentenced a 37-year-old civil servant, Atiku Galadima to death by hanging for killing a lawyer, Sirajo Abubakar. (Sources: punchng.com, 24/08/2018)
Justice Bello Duwale, said the prosecution was able to prove with cogent circumstantial evidence that the convict intentionally killed the deceased.
The judge rejected the defendant’s plea of a misunderstanding, noting that based on the evidence before him, such plea was not plausible and that the prosecution was able to establish all the ingredients of culpable homicide as provided for in section 220 of the penal code.
The convict was said to have slit the throat of Abubakar on June 3, 2012 and ran away to Kaduna before he was arrested and arraigned in 2016.
Duwale further stated that Galadima had a right to appeal the judgment within three months.