Adamu has been discharged and acquitted !
the 9th of December 2004 at 2.00pm an Upper Sharia Court in Ningi Local
Government Area of Bauchi state discharged and acquitted Daso Adamu
of the death sentence by stoning passed on her by the Agwarmaji Lower
Sharia Court, in accordance with the Bauchi State sharia Criminal Procedure
Code 2001 based on the following grounds:
That unless a person presents oneself before a jugde or a court of law
and admitting to having committed an offence coupled with a request
that punishment should me metted out the person cannot be said to have
committed an offence. In his opinion the judge said that Daso Adamu
having being arraigned by the Commissioner of police before the Agwarmaji
Lower Sharia Court she cannot be said to have confessed to the commsion
of adultery as alleged.
The judge opined that doubt was casts in the prosecutions's case against
the appellant regard being made to the fact that the appellant had been
married before. It was also noted that the preponderance of evidence
should tilt in favour of the appellant as the prosection didi not prove
its case beyond reasonable doubt.
was also noted that the matter before the court was that of paternity
as opposed to zina.
In view of the above stated reasons and pursuant to the Bauchi state
Criminal Procedure Code 2001 section 37 the appellant Daso Adamu is
hereby DISCHARGED AND ACQUITTED.
is however a right of appeal to the Sharia Court Bauchi to whoever is
aggrieved by the decision of the court.
court sat at 12.05 noon and rose at 2.05pm.
Adamu was represented by : Abdulkadir Suleiman and Ndidi Ekekwe (Counsel)
for Women's Human Rights the supporting organisation that retained the
services of counsel was represented by : Ndidi Ekekwe and Rose Musa
for Women's Human Rights