Press Release No. 5/2022
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS LIFE SENTENCE ON A RAPIST OF 7 YEAR OLD GIRL IN JIGAWA.
The Supreme Court of Justice has on Friday 8th day of April, 2022, unanimously dismissed the appeal of one Isyaku Muazu of Rijiyar Lemo in Fagge Local Government Area of Kano State who was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a 7-year-old girl by a Jigawa State High Court.
The facts of the case were that, the Appellant an iron-scavenger (Baban Bola), was arraigned before Jigawa State High Court sitting at Ringim, for the offences of Rape and Act of Gross Indecency. The Appellant had on 30th July 2015, lured a girl of 7-years (names withheld) to an uncompleted building at Kiri Town, ostensibly to collect iron material and he immediately followed her to the building where he strangulated her neck, pinned her down then raped her.
The prosecution in prove of the case called four (4) witnesses and tendered four exhibits, Exhibits A, B, D1 & D2, while the Appellant testified on his behalf and called no other witness nor tendered any exhibit.
At the end of the trial, the High Court found that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt, as such sentenced the accused to life imprisonment for the offence of Rape punishable under Section 283 of the Penal Code Law of Jigawa State, with additional four years imprisonment and a fine of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000.00) for the offence of Act of Gross Indecency.
The Appellant through his lawyer Garba Abubakar, Esq., appealed against the decision of the High Court to the Court of Appeal, Kaduna Division where the Court dismissed the appeal and affirmed the judgment of the High Court delivered by Honourable Justice Amina Audi Wambai JCA.
The Appellant further appealed the decision of the Court of Appeal and filed an appeal to the Supreme Court. Counsel to the Appellant argued that the judgment of the Court is wrong and legally flawed as the prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt and the Appellant’s right to fair-hearing was breached.
On the other hand, Counsel to Respondent and the Attorney-General of Jigawa State Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu argued that the judgment of the Court of Appeal is in accordance with the law.
The Supreme Court jurist Honourable Justice Helen Ogunwumiju JSC dismissed the appeal and agreed with the submission of Honourable Attorney-General that the procedure followed by the Trial Court in determining the Charge against the Appellant was valid and flawless. And that the Appellant’s right to fair hearing was not breached. The Apex Court concluded that life imprisonment conviction on the Appellant for raping a 7-year-old girl and four years imprisonment and a fine of N10,000 for the offence of Act of Gross Indecency are also correct in law.
Zainab Baba Santali
Public Relations Officer
Jigawa State Ministry of Justice.
8th March 2022.