Ummita: Untold story of Kano’s deadly love affair

The gruesome murder of 23-year-old Ummukulsum Sani Buhari (popularly known as Ummita) in Kano last Friday as well as the nature of the relationship between the victim and the suspect, Geng Quanrong, a Chinese national, has become the subject of an unending debate, Daily Trust reports.  

Daily Trust had reported how the victim was stabbed to death by Quanrong, her lover, late Friday, but since the news broke, many allegations and counter-allegations have continued to surface on the sort of relationship that existed between the duo, who reportedly met in 2021 at a shopping mall in the city. Different persons including family and friends have also put forward different theories as to the reason for the killing.

Although the suspect was arraigned on Wednesday for culpable homicide before a magistrates’ court in the state metropolis and remanded in a custodial centre, the decision of the police not to parade him, contrary to the custom of Nigeria law enforcement agencies, has robbed the public the opportunity to immediately hear directly from the suspect.  

But of the numerous and mostly conflicting narrations awash on social media since her death, what stood unrefuted was that the deceased, who was a divorcee, and the suspect were romantically involved. Family and friends of the deceased as well as prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, who said the deceased called him to ask for his advice on marrying a Chinese man, corroborated this.


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