A High court sitting in Katsina State has
sentenced 32 year old Mu’ammar Tukur, son of
former House of Representatives member and
District Head of Bakori, to death by hanging for
Tukur was dragged before the court for using a
knife to stab one Shafir Muktar to death on April
21st 2008 during a fight between him and some
other young men at a football viewing center.
Delivering judgment in the case today, the
presiding judge, Jusice Abbas Bawale, said the
argument put forward by the convict’s counsel,
AbdulAziz Olagoke, were unsustainable.
Bawale said that the accused went into hiding
between 2008 and 2013 after committing the
crime and was arrested at the grave yard during
the funeral of his deceased mother.
He added that Tukur’s explanation that he was
provoked to commit the crime was not
satisfactory because he left the scene and came
with the metallic instrument to commit the
The judge said the prosecution had proved the
case beyond reasonable doubt as required by law
and sentenced the convict to death by hanging.
He stressed that the plea for leniency could not
be entertained because the court’s discretion
was blocked by law and directed that the plea
should be set to the state governor.
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