A magistrates’ court sitting in Kano, Thursday, refused bail to two suspects, Hafsatu Musa, 35, and Zainab Murtala, 20, who allegedly brutalised a two-year old Musa Murtala in the city on May 10th. The suspects were charged for criminal conspiracy and attempt to commit culpable homicide, contrary to Sections 248 and 229 of the Penal Code.
Conscience Triumph was reliably informed that counsel to the suspects, Muktar Shehu, was absent in court. In the circumstance, the judge, Chief Magistrate Maryam Sabo, ordered the prosecutor to duplicate the case file and forward same to the State Department of Public Prosecutions (DPPs) for legal advice.
The chief judge also ordered for the accused to be remanded in prison custody pending the receipt of the DPPs’ advice, and also ordered the prosecutor along with Husaina Bashir, who is counsel representing the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Kano, to monitor the case diary at the DPPs’ office. The judge then adjourned the case to August 16 for further mention.
Earlier, the police prosecutor, Insp. Shuaibu Musa, had opposed bail for the suspects, citing the gravity of the offences. According to him, “The two suspects: Hafsatu and Zainab of Rimin Gado Village on May 10, conspired and broke the two hands and one of the legs of two-year old Musa. The victim was under the custody of his grandmother, Hafsatu, when the accused committed the offence,” he said.