Justice Usman Naabba of the Kano State High Court has sentenced 19-year-old Ibrahim Khalil to death by hanging for kidnapping and killing his five-year-old nephew, Ahmad Ado.
Khalil, who was convicted on two count charge of kidnapping and culpable homicide, was said to have sellotaped the nose and mouth of Ado leading to his death.
In his judgement, Justice Na’abba, held that the prosecution had proven their case beyond reasonable doubt and consequently, sentenced the convict to 14 years imprisonment for kidnapping and death by hanging for homicide.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Lamido Sorondinki, informed the court that the convict committed the offence sometime in 2019 at Karkasara Quarters in Kano metropolis.
Sorondinki also said that the convict kidnapped his sister’s son, Ado, and in the process used a sellotape to cover his nose, mouth and buried him in a shallow grave at Sabuwar Sheka in Kano.
The prosecution presented three witnesses to the court and four exhibits to prove their case against the defendant. The convict however denied committing the offence, which, according to the prosecutor, contravened section 274 and 221 (a) of the Penal Code.
The defense counsel, Barr. Aisha Abdulkadir, who presented the defendant as lone witness, pleaded for clemency on behalf of her client.