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Magistrate butchered by ex-spouse

... assailant arrested, NBA vows to bring her to justice

A Kebbi Magistrate, Mr Muhammad Attahiru-Zagga, has been murdered following the pulling of a knife on him by his estranged wife.

Persecondnews learnt that the ex-former spouse died after being knifed in the chest.

Attahiru-Zagga, who until his death was the Magistrate at Magistrates’ Court II, Jega, the headquarters of Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi State, died on Thursday night.

The judicial officer passed on about 10.00 p.m at his residence at Aliero quarters, Birnin Kebbi, after the fatal stabbing.

“He had just returned home after observing the 8.00pm prayer in the mosque.

“Investigations into the incident have commenced,” a police source said.

The police have also confirmed the arrest of the deceased’s ex-wife, Hauwa Abubakar and she is currently undergoing interrogation.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Kebbi State chapter, has confirmed the gruesome murder of the magistrate and the arrest of the ex-wife.




Zagga’s Ex-Wife


“She was found at the scene of the crime and arrested.

“The association has condoled with the family of the magistrate and vowed to bring the killer to book.

On behalf of the entirety of the Equity Bar membership, the Branch ushers unreserved sympathy and condolence to the families of the deceased”, Usman said.

“Let us assure the family that we won’t rest till the perpetrators of this dastardly act are brought to Justice. May the Almighty have mercy on his soul, comfort his family and we all, amin.

“This ugly incident has underscored the fact that members of the lower bench are vulnerable to attacks that ought not be.

“We reiterate that such must not be endangered species, hence they must be provided with security personnel at both places of their work and outside places of their work inclusive of their residences,” the State NBA Publicity Secretary, Mr Muhammad Usman, said.

“Indeed, our society cannot afford to condone a situation where judicial officers (lower bench) are susceptible to attacks by unscrupulous elements.”

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