Appeal Court Acquits Woman Sentenced To Death For Killing Husband

The Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, has acquitted Amina Zubairu, the wife of a traditional ruler sentenced to death by a lower court.

Her acquittal is coming two years after the appellant was sentenced to death, after convicting her by a High Court sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa State

The lower court had sentenced Amina to death in 2018 for killing her husband, Adamu Zubairu, who was at the time the traditional ruler of Gom Mama in Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

She was said to have committed the crime in 2014 by injecting her late husband with some substances that led to his death.

Not pleased with the decision of the high court, the defendant approached the appeal court, seeking to upturn the judgement of the lower court.

In its ruling on the appeal on March 12, 2021, the appellate court held that the case lacked evidence of truth, adding that the decision of the lower court was a miscarriage of justice which cannot be entertained in the appellate court.

Thereafter, the court, set aside the judgment delivered on December 11, 2018, by the lower court sentencing the appellant to death.

The appellate court held that the judgement was biased against the defendant and acquitted her of the death by hanging sentence.

Reacting to the judgement, counsel to the appellant, Shikammah Sheltu, commended the decision of the appellate court.

Sheltu also thanked the court for the speedy dispensation of justice in the case, saying his client would be relieved from the conviction.

Also, on his part, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Nasarawa State, Abdulkarim Kana, said the government would study the judgement to decide whether to appeal it or not.