Chinese National Who Killed Suitor In Kano To Die By Hanging, Court Rules


A High Court of Kano State on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 sentenced a Chinese National, Mr Frank Geng Quangrong to death by hanging for killing his suitor, late Ummulkhulsum Sani Buhari.

Quangrong had on September 16, 2022 stabbed Ummulkhulsum Sani Buhari during a dispute.

Prosecution Counsel presented six witnesses including late Ummulkhusum’s mother, her sister, a neighbour, a Police Inspector from Dorayi Babba Police Station and the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Bompai, Kano to prove his case.

This was as the defendant, Quangrong, also testified to prove his defense.

Delivering judgement in the matter, Justice Sunusi Ado Ma’aji held that the prosecution proved his case beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally killed the deceased by entering her home without invitation.

The trial judge also held that the defense counsel, Muhammad Dan’azumi, failed to establish a claim of self-defense, as the stabbing occurred in the neck extra-judicially.

Accordingly, Justice Ma’aji sentenced the Chinese national to death by hanging for the murder of Ummulkhulsum Sani Buhari in accordance with Section 221 of the Penal Code Law and prayed God to have mercy on Quangrong.

However, Justice Ma’aji recommended that the Committee on Prerogative of Mercy may look into the Quangrong’s case in accordance with the provisions of Section 113 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, Kano 2019, as prayed by Defense Counsel, Muhammad Dan’azumi.

In response to the judgment, the Kano State Attorney General Barrister Haruna Isa Dederi described it as a landmark decision for the state.

Defense counsel Barrister Muhammad Dan’zumi however gave notice of his intention to appeal the decision at the Court of Appeal.

The prosecution of the case was instituted by the office of the Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner following the murder of Ummulkhulsum Sani Buhari by Frank Geng Quangrong in 2022.

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