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Quandong, Chinese national, to die for murdering Nigerian girlfriend



Kano State High Court ordered that Geng Quandong, 47, be killed by hanging for murdering his girlfriend, Ummukulsum Buhari

A Chinese national, Geng Quandong, has been sentenced to death in Nigeria, for murdering his girlfriend, Ummukulsum Buhari, also known as Ummita, in Kano State.

A court in Kano State in Northern Nigeria ordered that he be hanged on his neck.

Quandong, 47, was charged by the state government for killing Buhari, 23, at Janbalu quarters in Kano in 2022.

What happened between Quandong and Ummita?

Quandong killed her for refusing to marry him after he reportedly helped her financially for several years.

The tragic event occurred in September 2022 when he fatally stabbed Ummita during a heated altercation at her residence.

Quandong, afterwards, fled after the incident but was apprehended by law enforcement and brought to trial.

During the court proceedings, he expressed hurt feelings that Ummita married someone else, as he had envisioned a future with her.

He recounted how they had planned their wedding together.

According to him, they purchased expensive wedding attire, sweets, and other necessities.

These, he said, include gifts for her friends and cash for traditional spraying, totaling N1.5 million and N700,000 respectively.

He claimed that Ummita misled him and married someone else, while still asking him for money.

At one point, she even arranged to meet him in Kano.

Quandong said he provided significant financial support to Ummita, including buying her a house worth N4 million.

He also claimed to have bought her a car worth N10 million and provided N18 million as capital to start a business.

Additionally, he said he spent N500,000 on bags and shoes for her new shop and N1 million on laces and wrappers.

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What was the court judgement?

Delivering judgment, Justice Sanusi Ado-Ma’aji held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

“The defendant’s testimony is inconsistent. I hereby find him guilty,” the judge said about Quandong.

The Attorney-General of Kano State, Haruna Dederi, who was also the prosecution counsel, had told the court that the convict stabbed the deceased with a knife in her house.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charge after which the prosecutor presented 6 witnesses and 4 exhibits.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes the provision of section 221(b) of the Penal Code.

The defence counsel, Muhummad Dan’azumi, presented the defendant, Quandong, to defend himself, and one other witness and tendered five exhibits.

Mr Dan’azumi urged the court to recommend the defendant for prerogative of mercy under section 313 of ACJL.

In his testimony, the convict said: “I didn’t kill Ummulkhulsum intentionally, but I stabbed her in self-defence after she grabbed my testes.”

Quandong pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in its judgement.

He was, however, found guilty of culpable homicide punishable with death under Section 221 of the Penal Code Law of Kano State.

Speaking with journalists shortly after the judgment, the victim’s mother, Fatima Zubairu, expressed satisfaction with the judge’s decision.

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