A 40-year-old man named Badung David Dele was given the death penalty by a high court in Jos, Plateau State, for the murder of his girlfriend, Nanchin Zacharias.
On February 15, 2016, Dele killed Zacharias by strangling him to death in her apartment at Angwan Nasarawa Gwom, Jos North Local Government Area, for declining his invitation to a Valentine’s Day outing.
On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, Justice Christy L. Dabup of High Court No. 11 found Dele guilty.
He was found guilty of committing culpable homicide punishable under section 221 of the Penal Code of Northern Nigeria.
The defendant who earlier pleaded guilty was arrested by the Nasarawa Gwom Divisional Police Headquarters, Jos.
The presiding Judge, while passing the judgement said the court relied on three issues including a self-confessional statement of the accused person, an eyewitness account and circumstantial evidence of the witnesses.
According to The Nation, Dele was said to have reached out to Nanchin apparently to settle their differences and invited her out for Valentine. The deceased reportedly declined the invitation.
A Source, close to the duo, said they had been in an intimate relationship for over four years until a misunderstanding set in shortly before the last Valentine day.
However, Nanchin allegedly felt that there was no basis for any relationship between them having parted for some time.
Dele was said to have stormed Nanchin’s apartment the following morning and demanded an explanation as to why she failed to make the outing. He reportedly grabbed her by the neck and strangled her to death after which he left the apartment and reportedly told a neighbour he met outside that he wanted to go and get some medicine for his ‘ill’ friend.
He was said to have given his phone number to the neighbour, a woman, and asked her to call him in case of any emergency.
The woman identified as Mama Joy, perceived something fishy had transpired so she proceeded to Nanchin’s room only to find her lying down on her bed unconscious.
“I called her name but she did not respond so I moved closer and I discovered that she was dead. I ran out, screaming to alert the people around. I was shocked that the boy managed to kill this girl without a gun. There was no blood on her body,” Mama Joy added.
Dele was arrested same day and after some interrogation, he confessed to have committed the crime.