Justice Kabiru Auta of a Kano High
Court Wednesday sentenced the killer of Kano business tycoon, philanthropist and Yoruba Leader, Chief Alh. Ganiyu Akanbi Bello to death by hanging.
The accused, Abubakar Abdulrahaman AKA Daddy (28) was found guilty on a count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death. He was discharged and acquitted in another charge of armed robbery.
Abubakar was accused of murdering Chief Alh. Bello on June 5, 2014 in his residence on the night of the fateful day at the GRA Nassarawa opposite Kano Race Course when he stabbed the deceased in the heart with a kitchen knife.
The prosecution led by Barr. M.M.Sulaiman of the State Ministry of Justice and assisted by the nominal complainant Counsel, J.I. Macaulay of Kehinde Olaitan Chamber called seven witnesses and tendered several exhibits.
The exhibits included the knife used by
him to stab chief Bello and the
Blackberry handset of the deceased
inside which he inserted his own SIM
card which made the court to indict
him as part of circumstantial evidence.
Making his last plea (Alocutus) for the accused, his Counsel from the Legal Aid Council, Barr. Adama urged the court to temper justice with mercy because of his aged mother, wife and children.
The trial judge in his final verdict said
that the accused deserved no mercy having committed a capital offence by murdering a bread winner like him.
Abubakar broke down in tears after the verdict which made his mother to collapse in the open court. The accused was one-time a staff of the deceased’s hotel. “He has right of appeal within 30 days,” Justice Auta finally ruled.