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Father cuts daughter’s throat in Yola

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Another to hang for killing friend over N20 loan

AMIDDLE-AGED man who was identified as Saidu Dan Iya, currently in custody of Adamawa Police Command, yesterday cut his eight-year-old daughter’s throat in Yola, Adamawa State in an attempt to murder her.

No reason has emerged over why he did this but it was gathered that Iya was suffering from psychological trauma afflicted on him by a prolonged drug abuse.

Neigbours said that children saw Iya saying that he “just felt like doing it” while cutting his daughter’s throat with a kitchen knife. But his victim has since been rushed to a hospital in the town where she is in critical condition.

It was gathered that the father acquired some wealth from cattle trading and even went for the Muslim pilgrimage last year, he started taking drugs at some point which afflicted him with mental imbalance when is incomes nosedived.

Neighbours said that he started threatening to slaughter members of his family one by one when Iya’s wife, Fadimatu began to express worries on his consistent mood swings. She later responded by taking all their kitchen knives away, but this move could not deter her husband from carrying out that threat on his daughter.

In a related development, a Kano High Court, yesterday sentenced a 25-year-old man, Umar Yakubu, to death by hanging for stabbing his friend, Ibrahim Adamu, 22, to death during an argument over N20 loan.

Yakubu, who lives at Sabuwar Gandu Quarters in Kano, was convicted on one count charge of culpable homicide, contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code Law.

A prosecution counsel, Lamido Soron-Dinki, told the court that on June 13, 2018 at about 11 am in Sabiwar Gandu Quarters, Yakubu asked the deceased to give him a loan of N20. Soron-Dinki said the convict stabbed the deceased in the chest with a scissors during an argument over the N20 loan and presented six witnesses before the court while the accused defended himself personally.

Justice Dije Aboki held that prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts against the accused.

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