MINNA, Nigeria – A Minna High Court in Niger State sentenced Stephen Jiya to death by hanging for the murder of his mother, Mrs. Comfort Jiya. The former principal of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Sabon Wuse and Maryam Babangida Girls’ Science College, Minna died after being set on fire by her son, who is said to be a drug addict. Stephen poured petrol on his mother in her kitchen at their home in Darusalam Area of Minna, before lighting her on fire. Despite being rushed to the hospital by neighbors, she succumbed to her injuries.
The suspect was initially arraigned before a magistrate’s court and later formally charged with culpable homicide under Section 221 of the Penal Code Law. The trial commenced on November 22, 2022, and the Director of Public Prosecution ensured that all the evidence and prosecuting witnesses proved Stephen’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
In an emotionally charged plea for mercy, Stephen Jiya begged for a second chance, claiming to be a family man with a wife and children. However, Justice Halima Abdulmalik stated that her hands were tied, as the punishment for culpable homicide under the law is death. She then handed down the verdict of death by hanging.
The decision came after a total of six witnesses, including family members, testified against the convicted. The court’s ruling signifies the justice system’s firm stance against such heinous crimes.
In conclusion, Stephen Jiya was found guilty of the offence of culpable homicide with death under Section 221 of the penal code and was sentenced to death by hanging. The court’s decision serves as a reminder of the consequences of committing such heinous crimes.