The death sentenced pronounced on a Hausa actress, Miss Rabi Ismail has been upheld by a 7-man panel of justices at the Supreme Court. The Kano based actress was accused of drowning her boyfriend, Ibrahim Auwalu alias Zazu in 2002 after allegedly administering sedative drugs on him. The actress was sentenced to death by hanging by a High Court consequent upon her arraignment and trial which began in 2002.
The Supreme Court held that having considered the proof of evidence tendered against Ismail by the Kano State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), she was found guilty of culpable homicide which is punishable with death.
The late Ibrahim Auwalu who was until his death the actress’ boyfriend reportedly lost consciousness shortly after he finished eating a doped Eclairs Sweet handed over to him by the accused.
She was thereafter charged to court by the DPP after investigations had been duly carried out. After her arraignment in 2002, the court found her guilty of culpable homicide and she was handed a death sentence.
The actress appealed against the verdict at the appellate court in Kaduna State but the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the lower court.
She proceeded to the Supreme Court to seek reprieve but none came her way. The Supreme Court ruled that she could not provide sufficient evidence that she did not murder her late boyfriend. The death sentence was therefore upheld