Kano High Court sentences man to death by hanging

A Kano High Court on Tuesday convicted a 24-year-old man, Bello Garba, to death by hanging for killing his parents and three siblings.

The Judge, Justice Halliru Abdullahi, said the court is satisfied with the evidence tendered before it which proved that the accused is guilty of all the five-count charge of homicide against him.

According to him, there are corroboration and consistencies in all the evidences tendered by the seven prosecution witnesses.

Mr. Abdullahi declared that the five victims were killed as a result of multiple injuries inflicted on them contrary to section 221 of the Penal Code Law.

Earlier, Shu`aibu Sule, the Prosecution counsel, who is also the state Director of Civil Litigations, had told the court that the accused had confessed to the offence in a written statement he made to the police on Sept. 15, 2010.

Mr. Sule presented seven witnesses before the court including the younger brother of the accused, Farouk, whose testimonies corroborated the charges against the defendant.

Mr. Garba, popularly known as Baba, was said to have single-handedly murdered his father, Garba Bello, a State Security Service (SSS) officer; his mother, Habiba, and three siblings on September 13, 2010.

The siblings are Khalifa, Murja and Hafsa.

Counsel to the defendant, Ahmed Raji, had tendered a 17-page written address before the court explaining the circumstances leading to the death of the five persons.

According to him, the statement written by Farouk implicating the accused was inadmissible as the witness is below the age of 14.

He also urged the court to disregard the written statement his client made on September 15, 2010 admitting to the crime, saying his client was forced to write it.

Mr. Raji prayed the court to be lenient to his client considering his young age and being the eldest surviving son of the family.

On the night of September 13, 2010, Mr. Garba, now convicted, killed his father, mother and siblings who were living at number 175, Zoo Road, Kano.

The bizarre incident had generated public interest.


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