Ummukulsum’s Murder: Court summons chief medical director, police officer
Adjourns Case To January 11 And 12, 2023 For Hearing
A Kano State High Court, sitting on Miller Road, yesterday, summoned the Chief Medical Director of Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, Dr. Hussain Mohammad and one police Constable, Aminu Halilu for cross- examination over the circumstances surrounding the alleged murder of Ummukulsum Sani.
The matter was adjourned to January 11 and 12, 2023 for hearing on defence.
The court also ordered one of the giant telecommunications service providers in the country to release the telephone conversation between the suspect, Geng Quangrong, and the victim, Sani, from September 13 to September16, 2022 to the court.
Sani, a 24-year-old lady was allegedly stabbed to death at her Janbulo Quarters in Kabuga area of Kano metropolis by her boyfriend, a Chinese national Quangrong, in September 2022, an ugly trend that triggered a culpable homicide charge against him.
At the resumption of culpable homicide case against the Chinese national, Quangrong, counsel to the defence, Mohammad Danazimi, in an oral application, demanded the two persons to answer, pursuant to Section 258 of the state Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
Recall that Quangrong’s lawyer, at the last sitting, faulted the Medical Report purportedly signed by the Chief Medical Director, insisted the document, which was not clearly signed and presented in photo copy letterhead appeared to have been forged.
The defence counsel also debunked the content of the confessional statement tendered before the court by the police, on the ground that his client who was threatened, and pushed into the cell on handcuff wouldn’t have authorized what was presented as evidence.
In a separate motion on notice, Danazimi had sought court’s reliefs to also direct the police to release the telephone chat and Short Message Service (SMS) messages obtained from the suspect’s telephone during their investigation.
Danazimi also wanted the court to order the Deputy Comptroller/ Officer-in-Charge of Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Kurawa centre in Kano, to release the suspect’s telephone to his attorneys.
The defence counsel insisted that it is a constitutional rights of his client, as enshrined in Section 36 (6)(b) of the constitution, that all the demands are vital to enable adequate preparation for the defense
Although, the prosecution, Ibrahim Garba Harif did not object to the defence applications, the Presiding Judge, Justice Ma’aji granted all the prayers as sought therein.