An FCT High Court in Maitama has discharged and acquitted Amina Dauda, who was accused of killing her husband, Mohammed Matazu, a former reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), in Kaduna State.
Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf ruled on Friday that the police did not carry out investigation properly.
“Though there is evidence of death before the court but all the five witnesses called by the police are not eye witnesses to the incident,” the judge said.
The 28-year-old woman was arraigned on May 22, 2013 on one count of culpable homicide.
The prosecution had alleged that Dauda set her husband on fire at their residence in Gwarinpa, Abuja.
The judge, however, said that in a case of culpable homicide, the prosecution must prove that there was a death of human; that it was caused by a human being with the intention of killing.
He said that with the three extra-judicial statements made by the defendant, which were admitted as exhibits by the court, Dauda did not admit the offence she was charged with.