Chinese accused of killing Kano lover Ummukulsum Sani takes plea

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Kano State Government on Thursday re-arraigned a Chinese Geng Quangrong before the State High Court for the alleged murder of his Nigerian lover, Ummukulsum Sani, 22.

The Chinese, who lives at Railway Quarters Kano, is facing culpable homicide charge.

On October 4, the court could not proceed with the hearing because of lack of an interpreter for the accused.

However, on Thursday, the prosecutor, who is also the attorney general of Kano State, Musa Abdullahi-Lawan, presented Guo Cumru, from the Chinese Embassy to interpret English in the Chinese Language to the defendant.

Abdullahi-Lawan told the court that the 47-year-old defendant allegedly committed the offence on September 16 at Janbulo Quarters in Gwale Local Government Area of Kano.

The prosecutor alleged that on the same date at about 9 pm the defendant stabbed Sani with a knife in her house at Janbulo Quarters for undisclosed reasons.

“We are ready and intend to present five witnesses, we don’t want to take much time as the interpreter is from Abuja,” he said.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Abdullahi-Lawan said that the alleged offence contravened the provisions of Section 221(b) of the Penal Code.

Muhammad Umar held brief for the nominal complainant.

Responding earlier, the defence counsel Muhammad Dan’azumi objected that in a criminal case there is no procedure for holding brief.

Justice Sanusi Ado-Ma’aji ordered the remand of the defendant in a correctional centre.

He adjourned the matter until November 16, 17 and 18 for hearing.