By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Umaru Jauro, a convict, sentenced to death by the Bauchi High Court 5 is to die by hanging, the state Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Yakubu Bello Kirfi has confirmed.
While confirming the death penalty on the convict, the commissioner gave another accused, named as Jaridu who was also sentenced to death by a Bauchi High Court for the offence of killing his biological daughter.
The commissioner who was speaking at the occasion marking the commencement of 2020/2021 new legal year in Bauchi, further disclosed that one Shamsuddeen Umar convicted for the offence of rape was sentenced to life imprisonment.
He also told the new legal year celebrants at the Bauchi High Court premises that one Dantala Hussaini also convicted for the offence of rape was to serve a prison term of eight consecutive years.
Other accused persons, Suleiman Dawa and Abdullahi Sani, Kirfi revealed, convicted for the offences of armed robbery and attempted rape respectively are to serve for varying jail terms of 10 years and seven years accordingly.
Another accused, Mohammed Musa, discharged for the offence of armed robbery, has however his judgment upturned by Jos division of the Appellate Court, the commissioner said.
Barrister Kirfi said that Governor Bala Mohammed has during the year under review pardoned 106 prison inmates, including the payment of their fines by the state government under the aegis of Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to decongest the custodial centres.
He further revealed that department of civil litigation of his ministry during the year recorded 164 cases, out of which 35 were at the Court of Appeal, 30 at National Industrial Court, 12 and 32 cases were disposed at the Court of Appeal and High Court of Justice respectively with the remaining pending.
Accordingly, he said, directorate of public prosecution of the ministry received a total of 414 cases comprising of 63 armed robbery and possession of fire arms, 82 culpable homicides, 31 rape, 21 terrorisms, kidnappings and related offences, and 217 minor offences.
Commissioner Yakubu Kirfi explained that out of the 414 cases, 220 were disposed, 133 cases pending in various courts, 15 cases are on appeal while 46 were awaiting legal advice from the ministry.