UMMITA MURDER TRIAL: Chinese defendant says he acted in self-defense
The Chinese national, Frank Geng Quangrong, who is facing murder charge over the killing of his Nigerian lover, late Ummukulsum Sani Buhari, on Thursday, told the Kano State High Court that he was attempting to save his life when he unknowingly stabbed the deceased.
Frank, who spoke through an interpreter while testifying in defence of the ongoing trial before the court presided over by Justice Sanusi Ado Ma’aji, said the deceased picked a knife and attempted to stab him but, in the process, he gained possession of the knife and unknowingly stabbed her while trying to escape from the deceased’s firm grip who held his neck and was suffocating him.
He said he doesn’t know where precisely he stabbed her but was told by the deceased’s neighbor, Aminu who visited him in the CID custody after three days that he stabbed her on her shoulder and leg which led to her demise.
The Chinese national told the court that upon receiving the shocking news of her demise, he cried bitterly because he really loved her and never intended to harm her.
According to him, “On the fateful day, 16th September, 2022, I called her (Ummu) severally but she didn’t pick the calls. Around 8:30pm, I called her again, through WhatsApp and she didn’t pick the call. She told me to stop disturbing her life since I couldn’t afford to satisfy her finances.
She asked me to return her pet dog, Chalie which she gave me as a gift. Anytime she was missing the dog, she asked me to bring the dog for her or she came to my house to see the dog. And that was why I took the dog along and, on my way, I told her I was coming with the dog.
“When I arrived, I sent a message to her through WhatsApp that I was outside and she replied saying I was stupid. All the message conversation is in the phone and Whatsapp which have been handed over to my lawyers.
“Later, she sent her sister, Asiya who came and picked the dog from the car and shut the door on me and left me standing for close to 30 minutes under the rain. I was wet and cold. I knocked on the door several times but nobody answered. Their neighbor, Mustapha approached me and called Ummu’s sister, Asiya on the phone but she didn’t pick. Finally, the deceased’s mother, Fatima opened the door for me and I went inside to pick up the dog which ran to me.
“After picking the dog, I wanted to go out but Ummu rushed out from the living room and locked the door preventing me from going out.
“She started abusing me in English and Hausa. She slapped me many times and called me idiot, animal Chinese, fool and some I couldn’t understand. This was not the first time she slapped me. She slapped me four different times, in the presence of her family and her friends. She is hot tempered and gets angry easily and when she is angry the family members don’t intervene because they are afraid.
“When she was beating and abusing me, the mother asked her to stop but she was not listening as she continued. At that time, I stood there holding the dog in my hand.
“At that time, she was still angry as if she was mad, she rushed back to the living room and grabbed the knife and rushed at me. I was scared when I saw her carrying a knife and so I dropped the dog on the ground.
“When she attempted to stab me with knife, I held her hand and collected the knife from her. While attempting to regain possession of the knife, she bit my left arm and finger. She continued abusing, fighting and calling the name of my mother which is the highest insult in the culture of Chinese.
“At that moment, I was still in possession of the knife and she used her hand to grab my private part and was pulling it. I felt pain and had to succumb.
“The deceased’s mother told her to stop but Ummu called her sister, Asiya to call the police that I wanted to rape her (Ummu). And that she will not allow me to leave until when the Police come and arrest me and the Nigerian Immigration Service will depot me.
“They pulled me into their living room and mercilessly slapped and abused me. In the process, my glasses got lost and I couldn’t see clearly.
“I wanted to stand up but couldn’t as she pulled me down. She pushed me on the bed and grabbed my neck with her two hands. I felt I was suffocating and scared and was trying to get out of her hand but didn’t succeed.
“The light in the room was not so bright and so could not see because there was no glass on my face. I don’t have any intention to harm her but wanted to escape from her firm grip. In the process, I used knife in my possession to stab her but don’t know where until after three days when her neighbor, Aminu visited me in the CID and told me it was in shoulder and leg and afterwards broke the news of her demise to me. I felt sad and cried bitterly,” Frank stated.
Counsel to the Defendant, Bar. Mohammad Dan’azumi informed the court of pending electronic exhibits the defense intended to tender before the court and sought for an adjournment in which the lead prosecution counsel and Kano state Attorney General, Bar. Musa A. Lawan did not object to.
The presiding judge, Justice Ma’aji, however, adjourned the matter to 7th and 8th February, 2023 for continuation of defense witness.