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Man who murdered Yoruba leader in Kano sentenced to death

After stabbing a community leader to death during a robbery attack, a suspect has been sentenced to death by hanging.

A Kano State High Court has sentenced to death, a 28-year-old man, Abubakar Abdulrahman, having found him guilty of killing a popular Yoruba community leader, philanthropist and business tycoon in the state, Chiel (Alhaji) Ganiyu Akanbi Bello, Daily Trust reports.

The court presided over by Justice Kabiru Auta, ruled that Abdulrahaman who is also known as Daddy, be hanged for murdering Bello on June 5, 2014, during a robbery attack at the victim's house in the Nassarawa GRA area of the city.

The convict was found guilty on the charge of culpable homicide which is punishable with death, after the prosecution proved that he was the one who stabbed Bello in the heart with a kitchen knife during the attack.

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The prosecution led by Barrister 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, which included the knife used by him to stab Bello and the Blackberry handset of the deceased, inside which Abdulrahamn inserted his own SIM card, which made the court to indict him as part of circumstantial evidence.

Making his last plea for the accused, his defence counsel from the Legal Aid Council, Barrister Adama, urged the court to temper justice with mercy because of his aged mother, wife and children, but Justice Auta would have none of that, saying that the accused deserved no mercy having committed a capital offence by murdering a bread winner like himself.

Justice Auta remarked that the accused showed no remorse throughout the trial and returned a verdict of hanging by the neck for the accused until pronounced dead.

As Abdulrahaman broke down in tears after the verdict, his aged mother who was also in the court slumped and fainted and had to be rushed to a hospital where she was revived.

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