Trial of Chinese accused of killing Nigerian girl stalled by lack of interpreter
The ongoing trial of a Chinese national, Geng Quandong, for the alleged murder of his Nigerian girlfriend, Ummukulsum Buhari, came to a halt on Tuesday due to a lack of an interpreter.
The defense counsel, Muhammad Dan’azumi, informed the court that an interpreter had not been provided for the accused.
The case, which was scheduled to begin last week Monday, was postponed to Tuesday due to Mr Quandong’s lack of legal representation.
On September 21, police in Kano, North-west Nigeria, arraigned Mr Quandong before a magistrates court on Zangeru road in Kano.
Initially, the police in Kano, North-west Nigeria, on 21 September, arraigned Mr Quandong before a magistrates court at Zangeru road in Kano.
The case was later filed at the High Court No.17 at Miller Road in Kano’s metropolis on Tuesday.
Reports had it that Mr Quandong, 47, allegedly murdered Ummukulsum, 23, at Janbalu quarters for allegedly refusing his hand in marriage and exploiting him.
At the hearing on Tuesday, Mr Quandong addressed the court in Chinese, which made it difficult for the parties involved including the magistrate to comprehend the message.
The Magistrate, Sanusi Ma’aji, adjourned the case to 27 October, with the hope that an interpreter would have been found to explain the charges to Mr Quandong in Chinese.