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Court Remands Housewife For Stabbing House Help To Death



A 24-year-old housewife, Hafsat Surajo, has been remanded in a correctional centre for allegedly stabbing her house help, Nafiu Hafizu, to death.

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kano, ordered the remand of Surajo in a correctional centre on Wednesday.

The defendant, who lives at Unguwa Uku Quarters Kano, is standing trial on a two-count charge of attempt to commit suicide and culpable homicide.

Chief Magistrate Hadiza Abdulrahman ordered the remand of the defendant in a correctional centre.

She adjourned the matter till February 1, 2024 for further mention.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Lamido Sorondinki, informed the court that on December 20, 2023, the defendant used a sharp knife and attempted to commit suicide and in the process, cut herself on her left hand.

“In the process the defendant used the said sharp knife and stabbed Nafiu on his chest and other parts of his body which led to his death,” Sorondinki.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the first charge and pleaded not guilty to the second charge.

The offence contravened the provisions of Sections 281 and 221 of the Penal Code.

Meanwhile, Hafsat’s husband, Dayyabu Abdullahi, was arraigned before the Chief Magistrates’ Court for concealment of fact on the alleged murder of Nafiu.

He was charged on three-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, concealment of fact and false information.

The prosecution counsel, Sorondinki alleged that on December 20, 2023, the defendants conspired with one Haruna Adamu now at large and concealed the cause of Nafiu’s death.

“The defendants misled and gave false information to the deceased family by saying he died as a result of pile surgery,” he said.

The defendant denied committing the offence.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 97, 277 and 178 of the Penal Code.

The defence counsel, Rabiu Sidi and Rabiu Abdullahi, urged the court to grant the defendant bail pursuant to Section 36(5) of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution as amended and Sections 168 and 172 of ACJL 2019 Kano State.

The judge ordered that the defendants be remanded in a correctional centre and adjourned the matter till January 8, 2024 for mention.