A Chief Magistrate’s Court has discharged and acquitted a 30-year-old housewife, Fatima Hamza, who was arraigned over the killing of her househelp, Khadija Isyaku, 22, in Kano.
The Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Khalil, on Wednesday, discharged Fatima saying there was no evidence against her. He also terminated the First Information Report submitted by the police.
Khalil said, “Following the legal advice by the State Department of Public Prosecution in Ministry of Justice dated February 22, I hereby terminate the FIR and discharge the defendant.”
Earlier at the resumption of the court sitting on Wednesday, the Prosecution Counsel, M. S. Ahmad, had presented a legal advice to the court by the DPP, according to section 376 (6) and 299 (3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) 2019 to terminate the FIR.
Ahmad urged the court to terminate and discharge the defendant in line with section 259(3) 376(3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL).
“There is no single evidence that shows the defendant committed the offence. The legal advice should also be forwarded to the State Police Command and make proper investigation on the case, invite those involve; if found guilty, they should be charged to court,” Ahmad added.
The counsel for the defendant, Ibrahim Chedi, did not object to the legal advice.
Dateline Nigeria reports that many people in Kano had alleged attempts to cover up the case when it happened.