Kano court sends man, fiancée to jail for stealing wedding gifts

A Kano State Shari’a Court has remanded one Nura Musbahu and his fiancée, Fatima Lawal, for stealing wedding gifts (Kayan Lefe) belonging to his sister, Aisha.

In Hausa tradition, Kayan lefe entail a groom buying expensive gift items for his bride and formally having it presented to her by his family.

Aisha dragged Nura and his wife-to-be to the Sharia court at Rijiyar Lemo in Fagge LGA to seek redress over the theft. The couple were arraigned for stealing and accepting stolen items, and pleaded guilty.

However, Fatima, clarified that only two items were given to her, which she handed over to the court.

Khadi Danbaba thereafter ordered their remand at a correctional centre until June 5, 2024, and directed that their parents appear before the court.

In another news…

The Nigerian Police Force earlier disclosed that it arrested four suspects for allegedly staging their abduction in different parts of the country.

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the arrest was effected by a team of operatives from its Lagos, Abuja and Plateau State Commands.

He said; “In Lagos, a couple was arrested for an alleged self-kidnapping scheme aimed at obtaining a N5 million ransom recently.

“The husband, Doubara David Yabrifa, a 53-year-old technician, and the wife, Regina Yabrifa, a 48-year-old body massager and bone setter, were apprehended after a family member reported the purported kidnapping.

“The couple confessed to planning the self-kidnap to raise N3m to purchase a property in Badagry, Lagos. The husband justified the act, citing financial difficulties and a lack of support from relatives. Both were arrested, and they were subsequently charged in court.

“Also, one Albarka Sukuya of Jenta Apata, Jos, has been notorious for staging his kidnapping on several occasions and has received ransoms from unsuspecting members of the community in Plateau State.

“Similarly, on January 20, 2024, a young man, Nnamdi Agu, faked his kidnapping in Abuja in an attempt to defraud one of his family members who resides around River Park Estate, Abuja, to make money to pay for his pleasures.

“The police, in a swift response, foiled the staged kidnapping and arrested the suspect. The suspect and many others leverage the prevailing instances of kidnapping and plan to engage in such criminal and deceptive acts of staged or self-kidnapping to make money.”