Rebecca Emmanuel is a Nigerian woman sentenced to
death on October 1, 2011 for poisoning her nine-year-old son, Ishaya
to deceive her new husband that she is a virgin. The sentence was
commuted to life in prison on May 29, 2012.
Gov Shettima Changes Death Sentences To Life
May 30, 2012
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno on Wednesday commuted
the death sentences on two convicted persons, Mrs Rebecca Emmanuel and
Mr Zakaria Saman, to life imprisonment.
Malam Isa Gusau, Special Adviser to the Governor on
Communication, disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri.
Gusau explained that the gesture was in line with
the power of prerogative of mercy conferred on the governor by the
Gusau said that the action of the governor was
based on the recommendation of the state's Committee on Prerogative of
Gov. Kashim Shettima has commuted the death sentences on two persons
awaiting execution in Maiduguri.
Emmanuel and Mr Zakaria Saman were sentenced to death by a Maiduguri
High Court for culpable homicide punishable with death under section
221 of the Penal Code,'' he said.
who had been on awaiting execution list are now to face life
imprisonment,'' he said.
Gusau said that 44 other inmates serving various
jail terms in Maiduguri prisons were also freed.
He added that the wife of the governor, Mrs Nana
Shettima offered to pay options of fines imposed on them to enable
them regain their freedom.
inmates had shown remorse by their conducts and Mrs Shettima was
convinced that they will be good citizens,'' he said.
He expressed the readiness of the state government
to rehabilitate and re-integrate them into the society.
Rebecca Emmanuel Sentenced To Death By Hanging
By Jetheights Jobs - NewsNigeriana.com
Emotions were high at High Court Number 10, Maiduguri, Borno State,
northeast Nigeria today when Rebecca Emmanuel who was accused of
poisoning her 9-year old son, Ishaya Emmanuel sometime in 2008 was
sentenced to death by hanging.
mother of four who was earlier granted bail by the court and had
consistently appeared at the court during her trial, could not get the
sympathy of the trial judge Justice Pirogai Ngada who, while
delivering her judgement said: “I agree that she has four children and
has never absconded from bail but Section 221 of the law under which
she is convicted is a mandatory provision of culpable homicide
punishable by death. I wish I can temper justice with mercy. But I
can’t because she is hereby sentenced to death by hanging.”
On 20 January, 2008 Rebecca Emmanuel lured her son,
Ishaya Emmanuel to a bush where she gave him a Maltina drink laced
with poison which led to Ishaya’s death after which the convict burnt
In one of her confessional statements during the
trial, Rebecca had said: “I went to my father’s house and picked my
child. We got to a place where I got a poisonous substance at the sum
of N20 and matches. I took him to a bush and laced the substance in a
bottle of Maltina.
“I made him drink it. After 30 minutes, the boy
died and I set him ablaze, so that no one could recognise him and I
left for my husband’s house.”
Delivering the judgement, the judge said she was
satisfied by the confessional statement made by the accused person.
P.M.NEWS learnt that Rebecca Emmanuel had Ishaya
out of wedlock. He was aid to be the product of an illicit
relationship between Rebecca and a military officer.
She must have killed the boy because of the trauma
she passed in the hand of the unknown military man.
As the matter is, it is not clear whether the
convict will appeal the judgement.