By Mustapha Usman, Kano
A Kano State High Court presided by Justice Usman Na-Abba on Tuesday discharged and acquitted three persons accused of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.
The offences that are punishable with death if found guilty.
The accused persons, Jamilu Abbas, Mustapha Muhammad and Aminu Hassan were standing trial for allegedly conspiring to stab one Abdullahi to death during Qadiriyya sect’s annual Maukibi procession on April 11, 2009.
According to the state counsel, Abdullahi Bature, the offences contravened Sections 97 and 221(b) of the Penal Code.
But In his judgment, Mr Na-Abba said there was no substantial evidence to link the accused persons with the said offences.
He said the witnesses failed to prove that they saw the three accused persons stabbing the deceased, which according to the court is the ingredient of evidence in culpable homicide case.
The court upheld that the witnesses heard the screaming of the deceased when he was stabbed but they failed to convince the court that it was the accused persons who stabbed him.
“From the totality of evidences before this court, I believe that the confessional statements of the accused were obtained under duress,” the judge declared.
He therefore said the prosecution had failed to prove its case of culpable homicide against the accused persons and finally declared them discharged and acquitted.
Our reporter observed that there was jubilation at the court premises by the families of the acquitted trio shortly after the judgment.