JIGAWA HIGH COURT SENTENCES FOUR MEN TO DEATH BY HANGING FOR MURDER, ONE OTHER TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR DEFILING 5 YEAR OLD PUPIL.
The Jigawa State High Court of Justice sitting at Ringim presided over by Justice Ahmad Muhammad Abubakar has on Wednesday 26th April, 2023 convicted and sentences four men, Salahu Yau, Aminu Salmanu, Salmanu Shafi’u and Yusuf Sale to death by hanging punishable under Section 221(b) of the Penal Code (Cap. 3) Laws of Jigawa State 2014.
The Defendants from Kalawa Village, Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa State were arraigned before the court on 4 count charges of bordering, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, unlawful assembly and Culpable Homicide contrary to Sections 100, 342, 97 & 221 of the penal Code Cap. 3 Laws of Jigawa State.
In proving their case, the Prosecution through its counsel Sabo Shehu Esq., called 4 witnesses and tendered extra judicial statement and a medical report while the Defendants testified in their defense and called 2 other witnesses.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Ahmad Muhamad Abubakar convicted and sentence all the Defendants to 2 years imprisonment or pay a fine of N10,000 for the offence of unlawful assembly punishable Section 103 of the same code, 2 years imprisonment or pay a fine of N10,000 for the offence of unlawful assembly punishable Section 342 of the same code and for the offence of criminal conspiracy, the Judge convicted and sentence all the Defendants to 3 months imprisonment or pay a fine of N1,000 for the offence of criminal conspiracy punishable Section 96 of the same code.
Justice Ahmad Muhamad Abubakar has also sentenced one Ibrahim Isah to life imprisonment who was found guilty of Rape punishable under Section 3 of the Penal Code Law of Jigawa State 2014 (Miscellaneous Amendment) Law.
The Defendant who hails from Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa State was said to be a school teacher, who lured one of his pupils, a 5-year-old-girl into an empty classroom and raped her. He was arrested and charged to court for rape offence.
In establishing the case, Prosecution Counsel, Sabo Shehu Esq., called 4 witnesses and tendered extra judicial statement of the Defendant while the Defendant testified in his own defense and called 3 other witnesses.
Justice Ahmad Muhammad while delivering the judgment stated that, the prosecution had successfully proved the case beyond reasonable doubt, thereby convicted and sentenced Ibrahim Isah to life imprisonment for the offence of rape punishable under Section 3(1) of the Penal Code Law of Jigawa State 2014 (Miscellaneous Amendment) Law.
Zainab Baba Santali
Public Relations Officer,
Jigawa State Ministry of Justice.
28th April 2023.