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Nigerian court sends Chinese man to death over murder of Kano lover, as Judge prescribes mercy 

Nigerian court sends Chinese man to death over murder of Kano lover, as Judge prescribes mercy 

A High Court in the northern Nigerian state of Kano, has sentenced a Chinese businessman, Frank Geng-Quangrong, to death after it found him guilty of murdering his Nigerian girlfriend Ummu Kulthum Sani in 2022.

Geng-Quangrong has 90 days to appeal the verdict, even though death sentences are rarely carried out in Nigeria.

Delivering judgment, Sanusi Ado-Ma’aji held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

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“The defendant’s testimony is inconsistent. I hereby find him guilty,” the judge said.

However, the judge opened a window for a reprieve for the condemned man, saying: “I hereby recommend mercy by the Kano State Governor on behalf of the convict.”

The Attorney-General of Kano State, Haruna Dederi, who is also the prosecution counsel, had told the court that the convict committed the offence on 16 September 2022, at Janbulo Quarters Kano.

He said on that date at about 9 p.m., the convict stabbed the deceased with a knife in her house situated at Janbulo Quarters Kano for undisclosed reasons.

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“The victim was rushed to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano where she was confirmed dead by a medical doctor.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charge after which the prosecution presented six witnesses and four exhibits.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes the provision of section 221(b) of the Penal Code.

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The defence counsel, Muhummad Dan’azumi, presented the defendant to defend himself, and one other witness and tendered five exhibits.

Dan’azumi urged the court to recommend the defendant for the prerogative of mercy under section 313 of ACJL.

In his testimony, the convict said:” I didn’t kill Ummulkhulsum intentionally but I stabbed her in self-defence after she grabbed my testes.”

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He pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in its judgement.

Speaking with journalists shortly after the judgment, the victim’s mother, Fatima Zubairu, expressed satisfaction with the judge’s decision.

Also speaking on behalf of the victim’s family, her brother, Sadiq Sani, described the sentence of death by hanging handed down by the court in Kano as justice. He said whoever kills anyone deserved to be killed too.

BBC quoted him to have said, “We thank God for showing us this day… I pray that my sister’s soul continues to rest in peace.”

Geng-Quangrong, 49, who was working for a Nigerian textiles firm, and Ms Sani had been in a relationship since 2020 after having met in a shopping mall, according to Mr Sani.

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Talking shortly after the killing in September 2022, family friend Ahmad Abdullahi described what had happened.

He remembered coming to the family home and seeing that “a lot of people had gathered outside the house”.

“That was when we knew something bad had happened. Geng was her boyfriend and had good relations with her family prior to that day.

“Before the incident they were having issues as she was no longer interested and he didn’t want to let go.”

According to neighbours, on the night of the killing Quarong was heard knocking heavily on the gate to the Sani family home.

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When Ms Sani’s mother opened the gate, he pushed her aside and rushed straight to her room, locking it from the inside.

Her shouts and cries attracted the family and before anyone could break down the door to help she had been stabbed several times.

She died later in hospital.

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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