Adamawa State High Court Justice Fatimah Ahmed Tafida on Monday sentenced a 40-year-old man, Bangos Adamu, to death by hanging for killing his wife and child.
Fatimah ordered the execution of the accused by hanging after the court found him guilty of first-degree murder.
She held that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that Bangos was guilty of second count charge of first-degree murder and, therefore, convicted him as charged.
Bangos who hails from Janjaba Village in Gombi Local Government Area of the state confessed to hacking to death his late wife Regina Bangos and her son, Revelation James, whom she bore for her estranged husband.
In his confessional statement made before Monday’s sentencing, the accused said he married his late wife after she was divorced by her estranged husband, adding that she came to his house with a male child she bore for him.
Though he said they have been having a lingering domestic crisis, he had grown emotionally distressed as a result of her threat to return back to her former husband.
Explaining to the court how he murdered his wife and her seven-year-old son, he said, “We were all together at home on the 15th June 2021 when she asked me to give her grains to cook. I told her to go to the kitchen and get it. But she refused to go to the kitchen and instead demanded I should buy bread for them to eat and leave the grains to be used the following day. When I told her I don’t have money for bread, she started grumbling to the extent that she said it is was better for her to return to her former husband’s house.”
According to him, her response made him angry and he started nursing grudges against her and her seven-year-old son because of his support.
“When all of them retired to bed in the night of that fateful day, I woke up, armed myself with axe and cutlass and hit her three (3) times on the head.
While she was struggling to give up the ghost, I used the cutlass and butchered the little boy to death.”
He said he fled after carrying out the crime but reported himself to the Chairman Local Hunters Association in the area who handed him over to the divisional police headquarters in Gombi LGA.
In their reactions shortly after the judgement, counsels to the prosecution, A.A.Babakano, and that of the convict, F. A. Ogbe thanked the court for the judgement.