Court sentences Chinese who killed Nigerian girlfriend to death

A HIGH Court in Kano State has sentenced Quandong Geng, a Chinese national, to death by hanging for killing his Nigerian girlfriend, Ummukulsum Buhari. 

The presiding justice of the court, Sanusi Ado Ma’aji, found Geng guilty of culpable homicide, an offence punishable with death under Section 221 of the Penal Code Law of Kano State and convicted the accused in a judgment on Tuesday, March 26.

The defendant was alleged to have killed the deceased in her house at Janbulo Quarters, Kano, on September 16, 2022.

He was was said to have gone to the family house of Buhari on Friday, September 16, night and attacked her with a sharp knife, leading to her death.

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Geng was subsequently charged to a magistrate court on Wednesday, September 21, by the Kano State Police Command on a one-count charge of culpable homicide.



    However, Hanif Ciroma, the presiding magistrate, held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the case.

    The magistrate consequently remanded the suspect in Kurmawa Medium Security Custodial Centre until October 13, pending when he would be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction.

    In his testimony at the High Court where he was later arraigned, the accused claimed that the late Ummukulsum attacked him with a knife.

    “While I was defending myself, Ummukulsum bit me on my arm and finger and also injured me on my genitals,” Geng said.

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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