[News] Man who killed his pregnant girlfriend in order to avoid the shame of giving birth outside wedlock sentenced to death by hanging

The Jigawa state High court in Rinjim has sentenced 29-year-old Mustapha Idris, pictured above, to death by hanging for killing his pregnant girlfriend, Nafisa Hashimu.


Mustapha and late Nafisu, a divorcee, were live in lovers in Daneji village. On January 12, 2020, she was found in a pool of  her blood. Following the police investigation, it was discovered that Mustapha slit the throat of late Nafisa, leaving her to die in the pool of her blood.


When interrogated, he initially denied the allegation but later confessed to committing the crime. Idris said he killed Ms Nafisu after she told him she was three months pregnant and that he did it to avoid the shame of giving birth outside wedlock.

“I’m ashamed of how the society will see us after she delivers the unborn child out of wedlock, and thus I decided to terminate her life to stay away from shame,” he said.


After months of trial, the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Kazaure, found him guilty of the crime and sentenced him to death by hanging.

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