Murder Case: I’ll Accept Court’s Verdict On My Daughter, Mother Tells Court

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A defence witness, Talatu Ibrahim, on Monday told an FCT High Court, Maitama, that she would accept the final decision of the court on her daughter, docked for murder.

Tablatu is the mother of Amina Dauda, who allegedly murdered her husband by sprinkling fuel on him and setting him ablaze.

Amina, 28, was arraigned before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, on May 22, 2013, on a count charge bordering on culpable homicide, punishable with death.

The prosecutor, Anthony Egwu, had told the court that Amina, poured petrol on her husband, Mohammed  Matazo and set him ablaze on Feb. 7, 2013, at their residence at Daki Biyu, Abuja.

Egwu said the offence violated Section 221 of the Penal Code.

In her testimony, Talatu told the court that she was in Kaduna when she was informed that her daughter had a quarrel with her husband.

“I came to Abuja and went to their house. I saw a stove near a generator and a burnt carpet where she cooked. I also saw my daughter and her husband, with burnt injuries.

“I went to the hospital and saw them. I saw where my daughter got burnt and where her husband got burnt too.”

However, while being crossed examined by the prosecuting counsel, Mr Hadi Barkun, the witness said that though Amina was her daughter, she was under oath to tell the truth.

She said that she was not trying to defend her daughter, adding that “whatever the court is going to  decide is okay by me.”

“What I told the court was what I saw,” adding that though she was not a medical doctor, but I saw that the deceased and my daughter got burnt.”

Asked how she was able to differentiate between a burnt and an ordinary wound, Ibrahim stated that, “burnt is physical. I saw fire burnt because it was physical.”

She, however, disagreed with the submission of the prosecutor that the late Matazo died as a result of the burnt.

“I didn’t agree that he died as a result of the burnt. I am not a medical doctor, but I saw the burnt, I am not speculating, it was a burnt.

“If it was really true he got burnt injury, he would have died immediately,” she said.

The defendant counsel, Mr Charles Yoila, informed the court that the defence was closing it case.

Justice Baba-Yusuf  adjourned the matter until Dec. 17 for adoption of final written addresses. (NAN)

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