Chinese National Sentenced To Death In Nigeria

The murder of Ummulkhulsum Sani Buhari, a 22-year-old woman from Nigeria, by Frank Geng-Quangrong, a 47-year-old Chinese citizen, has resulted in a death sentence by hanging.

Sani Buhari was Geng-Quangrong’s girlfriend.

The accused, a resident of Kano’s Railway Quarters, came to Nigeria in 2019 to work as BBY Textile Company’s marketing and sales manager. He confessed to the crime but said he did it in self-defense. During the trial, Frank told the prosecution that many things happened on that fateful day. His testimony did not do a convincing job of proving his innocence.

On September 16, 2022, the prosecution claimed that Geng-Quangrong murdered the victim in her Janbulo Quarters residence with a knife.

According to the prosecutor, the crime violated Section 221 of the Penal Code (b).

Geng-Quangrong is to be executed by hanging as soon as he takes his last breath since the Kano State High Court has pronounced him guilty of the crime. The court has already said that they would recommend death if he is unable to appeal the judgment successfully.

Death penalties are expected for capital crimes in Nigeria and may even be applied to non-citizens. A Danish man was hanged in 2022 for the terrible murders of his daughter and wife.

Because each state governor must approve an execution, they are seldom carried out. Inibehe Effiong, a human rights lawyer, claims that since 1999, only two warrants for death sentences have been issued.

Geng-Quangrong may file an appeal with the Court of Appeal in Nigeria within three months of receiving his sentence. The defendant was found guilty after the Kano State High Court found his stories inconsistent. The prosecution gave six witnesses and submitted four exhibits to back up their case.

The cause of death of the victim cannot be determined from the court records.

Judge Ado-Ma’aji recommended that the governor of Kano State consider extending compassion to the prisoner.