Grandma In Court For Killing Grand Daughter

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By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Anger, unforgiveness and transfer of aggression has landed a forty-five year old Fulani woman in big trouble after she willfully got her granddaughter drowned in a pool of water to settle scores with her son inlaw.
Aisha Ibrahim, a forty-five year old housewife of Karaye Fulani camp in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State was on Friday remanded in prison custody for killing her two year old granddaughter, Hajara Bello by drowning her in an earthdam located at Karaye village of the local government area.
The Chief Magistrate Court in Rafi council area is hearing the case against the accused as brought by the Police.
The accused had last month carried her granddaughter, Hajara Bello to a near by water pool where she dipped her into the water and got her drawned and left her submerged body in the water pool.
Aisha Ibrahim had earlier had querel with the father of the girl, Bello Ibrahim over a family matter which she felt aggrieved and wanted to deal with her son inlaw.
The Magistrate Court heard that the small girl went missing shortly after her father, Bello had had a misunderstanding with the accused.
After a long search and manhunt for the missing girl, Bello and others went to the nearby water pool and after a thorough search in the water, the remains of the girl was found.
The Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Daniel Nkocha told the court that the accused person had pleaded guilty to the charge.
The Police Prosecutor told the court that the accused was arrested following the report by Bello Ibrahim and that the offence is a culpable homicide case in violation of the state’s penal code provisions of sections 221.
ASP Nkocha asked the court for a summary trial of the accused saying the offence is contrary to the state’s penal code laws, more so since the accused had pleaded guilty to the charge.
However, the Chief Magistrate Court presided over by Nasiru Mohammed after listening to the charge and the confession of the accused, asked the prosecution Police Officer to forward the case to the state’s Ministry of Justice because according to him, the Magistrate Court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the case.
The presiding Magistrate therefore told the Police Prosecution to do a duplicate of the case and write the state’s Ministry of Justice for legal advice and subsequent transfer.
The accused was however remanded in prison custody pending the outcome from the state’s Ministry of Justice even as he adjourned the case to the 21st of this month, (August) for further hearing.

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