…As French police detain female German terrorist suspect***
A 27-year-old woman, Blessing Edet, was on Wednesday sentenced to 10 years in prison for stabbing Edet Ebong, her 33-year-old fiance, to death during a fight over her refusal to wear an engagement ring he had given to her.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Edet was originally charged with a count charge of murder. The sentence was, however, commuted to voluntary manslaughter by the trial judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo.
“By stabbing the deceased in the lower part of his abdomen, she did not intend to cause grievous harm to the defendant. The defendant has established factors necessary to prove self defence.
“I find that the defendant acted in self defence as she was a victim of unprovoked assault. The defendant is not guilty of murder, but I find her guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Edet Ebong.
“Section 227 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State prescribes life imprisonment for the offence of involuntary manslaughter. This is a clear case of recklessness on the part of both the deceased and the defendant.
“I hereby sentence the defendant to ten-years imprisonment with no option of fine. The sentence will take effect from the month of August 2015 which is when she has been on custody,” Justice Taiwo said.
The prosecution, led by Mr F. Oyedale had alleged that Edet committed the offence at 12.15 am on Aug. 18, 2015 at her residence located at No. 1, Falana St., Ogombo, Lekki, Lagos.
NAN reports that Edet’s trial commenced at the high court on July 5, 2017 with five witnesses including Esther Ebong, the sister to the deceased, a medical doctor and the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) testifying for the prosecution.
Edet testified solely in her defence on Feb. 7.
According to Edet, the deceased came to her apartment at midnight and woke her up to request that she cook a meal for him, but she had refused because she was tired.
“Upon hearing that I was tired, he went into the kitchen and saw the engagement ring he had given me beside the stove. He became angry and asked why I was not wearing the ring.
“He broke a mirror and used part of it to stab me, I was bleeding and I was crying out to the neighbors for help,” she said.
According to her, during the scuffle she stabbed Ebong in his abdomen with a kitchen knife.
Earlier, before the sentence was passed, the Defence Counsel, Ms Favour Eboh-Mgbehoma, in her allocutus (plea for mercy) had asked that the court temper justice with mercy.
‘We plea to the honourable court to put into consideration that the defendant could have ended up being the victim.
“She is a first time offender, a young woman who has her whole life ahead of her.
“She has been in custody since 2015 when she was 23-years-old and she had learnt all the bitter lessons of life,” Eboh-Mgbehoma said.
In the meantime, French police have detained a German Muslim convert for her suspected ties with radical Islamists, prosecutors in the city of Dusseldorf reported on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was held in Villers-Cotterets on October 1 as she was on her way by coach to visit a friend in Paris, they said.
The French authorities have not commented.
The woman came under investigation for supporting a terrorist organisation because she transferred funds to her husband who is in prison, but the investigation was dropped for lack of evidence.
The Prosecutors said she had not thus far been rated as an Islamist threat.
She is reported to be the wife of Boban S, a German Serb, who has been facing charges for the past two years alongside Abu Walaa.
Walaa was alleged by the German authorities to be a senior figure in Islamic State.
Boban S identified thus under strict German privacy laws is alleged to have provided accommodation on several occasions in Dortmund to Anis Amri.
The Tunisian terrorist who murdered 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market in 2016.
Amri was subsequently seen in a video tape saying that he was acting in the name of Islamic State.
He died in a shoot -out with Italian police near Milan four days after the Berlin attack.