Ummukulsum murder: Chinese national faces culpable homicide in Kano
Kano State Government has filed one count of culpable homicide against a Chinese national Geng Quangrong for the alleged murder of a 24-year-old Ummukulsum Sani Buhari in the state.
Arraigning Geng before Justice Sanusi Ado Ma’aji of Kano high court on Thursday, lead prosecuting counsel and Attorney General of Kano, M A. Lawan applied for the charge.
The lead counsel who came under the constitutional authorities premises the one count on section 221, paragraph B of penal code laws of Kano state as amended. The charge is punishable by a death sentence.
However, the accused person Geng through his designated interpreter Guo Cunru denied the content of the charge and pleaded not guilty.
Sequel to the not-guilty plea, the prosecuting counsel asked the court to adjourn till a further date to enable the prosecution present five witnesses to substantiate the charge.
Justice Sanusi has adjourned the matter to 16, 17, and 18 November 2022 for a definite hearing on the murder charge.
Geng was accused of stabbing Ummukulsum with a knife to death on the 16th of November, 2022, at her Jambulo quarters in Kabuga area of the state. He was arrested and detained by the police.
Geng’s arraignment was stalled three weeks after the defense lawyer, Barrister Mohammad Danazimi claimed his client should be granted permission to engage a professional interpreter to translate the language of the court to his mother tongue.
Danazimi wanted the court to grant Geng the right to produce a professional interpreter that would translate the language of the court to Mandarin, one of the Chinese official dialects.
Although, the prosecuting attorney did not object to the demand for an interpreter, Barrister MA. Lawan intimidated the court of prior application to the Chinese embassy in Nigeria, requesting for the same.
Justice Sanusi Ado Ma’aji had adjourned the arraignment of the accused person and granted the application of the defence counsel.