A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for murdering another man he caught making love to his wife.
The court presided over by Justice Alkali Gana Wakkil, found Modu of Ngamma village, Maiduguri, on a one-count charge of culpable homicide, not punishable with death, contrary to Section 224 of the Penal Code.
It was gathered that Modu had caught the Zarami, making love to his wife, Falmata Kundura, in the bush and in a fit of jealous anger, stabbed the farmer several times, leading to his death.
Modu had earlier told the court that when his wife left his house on January 29, 2015, to attend the wedding ceremony of her friend in a neighbouring village, he was monitoring her because he realised that the deceased was following her closely and in suspicious manner.
He said he followed her and found Zarami on top his wife having sex with her in the bush. He said that when he saw him, the deceased brought out a knife and attempted to stab him but that he (Modu), instead, succeeded in stabbing him.
But in her testimony, the wife denied having sex with the late Zarami, saying that when the deceased person saw her, he ran after her but she escaped into a house.
The prosecution counsel, J. A. Kwatamdiya, presented six witnesses that testified. He also tendered a knife, flashlight, statements of the witnesses as exhibits. The convict, represented in the court by his counsel, S. Kyari, told the court that the deceased person had trailed his wife for a long time.
Justice Wakkil, in passing his judgment, said:
“The convict met his wife making love to the deceased in the bush. Convict did not mince his words. It is heartbreaking to meet your wife making love to another person in the bush but it is not an excuse to stab him to death.
No amount of defense ever justifies a killing, except done lawfully.
Poachers of married women are on the prowl and married people should be watchful and learn how to catch a monkey alive.
It is regrettable that the convict has for long been keeping vigil on his wife, having been informed that the deceased has been having affair with his wife. It is because of this ordeal that the court decided to be lenient with him.”