A tragedy has struck at the premises of Criminal Area Court II in Yola, the Adamawa state capital on Thursday, when an angry man violently stabbed his middle age lover with a knife 3 times and left her in pool of blood within the court premises.
The victim, Ashini Hosea was promptly rushed to the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Yola for medical attention, while the suspect, Enock Adamu who was arrested and taken to the CID, dramatically jumped from the staircase of the one storey building of the CID and was also rushed to FMC Yola unconscious.
The man, Enock Adamu and resident of Sangere along Numan road who was promptly intercepted by the combined effort of the police and staff of the court was said to have been angered by the application of the Counsel to his lover, Barrister Ibrahim Saidu, which brought about the reversal of the earlier arrangement reached for the girl to refund all expenses incurred on her.
Earlier, in his oral application, Barrister Ibrahim Saidu told Honourable Musa Nuhu Garta led Criminal Area Court that he was not aware of the terms of settlement that his client is going to refund the man’s expenses, adding that he was also not aware of the earlier plea of his client where she admitted liability to the allegations.
He prayed the court to mention the case afresh, but when his prayer was granted and the case mentioned, the defendant changed her earlier plea and vehemently denied liability of all the expenses incurred on her.
But immediately after the adjournment of the matter to 2nd March, 2021 for commencement of hearing, the complainant turned suspect met his girl friend and her counsel outside, pulled out a knife and stab her on the chest and neck 3 times as well injured some staff of the court.
NEWS PLATFORM who was in court gathered that it all began on 4th February, 2021 when Enock who instituted a suit against his lover on a count charge of deceitful marriage, informed the court that he fell in love with the victim and later accepted his marriage proposal.
He narrated that he had expended his lively fortunes: paid her dowry and other expenses which amounted to #120, 000, but to his dismay, she later told him that she was no longer interested in the marriage, hence his decision to lodge his complaint in order to recover his hard earned money.
During the sitting, Barrister M. I. Njidda who appeared for the defendant and held a brief for Ibrahim Saidu, informed the court that the substantive counsel instructed him to plead with the court to give him one week in order to settle the parties.
The court granted his prayer and adjourned the matter to 11th Febuary, 2021 for mention or adoption of the terms of settlement, but on the adjourned date, the counsel asked the court to settle them as he will not be chanced to be in court.
The court amicably resolved the matter during which Ashini admitted liability and promised to refund his money which according to her, was only 120,000 out of which #35,000 was paid to the complainant at home even before bringing the matter before the court.
After the settlement, the court adjourned the case to Thursday 18th February, 2021 for payment. But at the resumed sitting today, unexpected happened when counsel to the girl urged the court reverse the earlier arrangement reached as it is not in the best interest of his client.
Unknown to them, the complainant who came to court collect his money as earlier agreed, was irked by the action of the lawyer where he used his knife and stab his girl friend within the court premises.
Family sources informed NEWS PLATFORM that the victim was once married and had 4 children, while the man is a widower who also has children.