A man who attempted to flee a chief magistrate court in Adamawa after he was convicted for abandoning his pregnant girlfriend, has been sentenced to nine years in prison without an option of fine.
Mallam Zakaria, 31, who was brought before the court by his girlfriend, Maryam Usman, for abandoning her after he got her pregnant, was found guilty and sentenced to two years with an option of fine, but his immediate response was to break into a run out of the court in an attempt to escape.
According to The Nation, when pursued and brought back, the court recalled his case file and slapped him additional seven years in correctional confinement with no option of fine.
Zakaria was arrested and charged to court on June 18, 2021, for deserting Maryam, after she lodged a complaint to the Police that he abandoned her after putting her in a family way. She told the court that Zakaria also conspired with the neighbour, Sunday Assoga, who owns a patent medicine store and deceived her into accepting the administration of some hard drugs on her, but that the attempted abortion failed.
The convict admitted committing the crime, after which the court made adjournments until finally ruling on the case, the court, presided over by Magistrate Adamu Abdulrazak, convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with N150, 000 option of fine.
On the pronouncement of the judgement, Zakaria reacted by rushing out of the court hall and out of the court premises, but court security details who realized that he was attempting an escape, ran after him and succeeded in returning him to the court.
He was taken before the judge who recalled his case file and invoked section 138 of the state penal code law, handing him seven years jail term without the option of fine, taking his total term to nine years.