By Aisha Gambo
Kaduna, Jan. 15, 2021 Four teenagers, aged 18, charged with stealing N840,000, were on Friday discharged and acquitted by a Shari’a Court at Rigasa, Kaduna, after swearing to their innocence using the Qur’an.
The young men, Musa Adamu, Aminu Musa, Muhammad Usman and Jibril Usman, whose addresses were given as Hayin Dan Mani area, all pleaded not guilty to the charge of criminal conspiracy, house breaking and theft.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Sambo Maigari, told the court that the nominal complainant, Umar Saidu, had on Nov. 24, 2020, reported that his house had been burgled and money stolen.
He said that the four defendants were arrested because they were the primary suspects, as they were always sitting in front of the complainant’s house.
“The nominal complainant was building a new house and had not relocated with his family; he only comes there to teach Qur’an to some of his students,” the prosecutor said.
The Judge, Malam Dahiru Bamalli, asked the complainant if he had any witness and he said no.
The judge said that since the complainant had no witness and the defendants had pleaded not guilty, they would swear on the Qur’an, to confirm their innocence.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the four defendants thereafter swore their innocence using the Qur’an.
Bamalli consequently discharged and acquitted the teenagers.
N840,000 theft: Court discharges, acquits 4 teenagers after swearing to Qur’an
By Aisha Gambo