Court slams N1.5 million against six persons for calling woman witch
A High Court in Kano on Tuesday ordered six persons to pay one Sahura Suleiman N1.5 million in damages for calling her a witch.
The suit filed by Ms. Suleiman, is challenging the six respondents for jointly, falsely and recklessly uttering slanderous words against her such as a witch, hypocrite and a bastard.
The respondents in the suit are: Rabi’u Wise, Talatu Salisu, Ummi Tasi’u, Mariya Musa, Nauwara Salisu, Aisar Gandu, Baba Umaru and a native doctor (Suwidi Habibu).
Delivering a ruling, Justice Zuwaira Yusuf held that the respondents unjustly defamed the character of the plaintiff and ordered them to collectively pay the plaintiff the sum of N1 million as damages.
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Mr Yusuf also ordered the respondents to pay the plaintiff the sum of N500,000 for breach of her fundamental human rights.
He also gave an order compelling the respondents to apologise to the plaintiff publically in the town and restrain them or their servants, agents, from further defaming the plaintiff.
Earlier, the plaintiff’s Counsel, A I Muhammad, told the court that some of the respondents were his client’s sister-in-law, brother-in-law, neighboour and a native doctor.
“On June 5, 2020, at about 11:00 a.m the respondents jointly and maliciously called the plaintiff a witch, bastard and a hypocrite on her way to buy some groceries in a shop situated at Burum Burum Village Tudun Wada Local Government Kano.
“The respondents grabbed the plaintiff neck and almost stripped her naked in the presence of the community calling her a witch to cross the second respondents Talatu.
“The reputation of the plaintiff and joy of harmony coexisting with members of her community were jeopardized and stigmatized,” he added.
Responding, counsel to the respondents, Nazifi Rabiu, pleaded for mercy on behalf of his client.