JIGAWA HIGH COURT SENTENCES RAPIST TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR DEFILING MINORS, TWO OTHERS TO SEVEN YEARS FOR THE OFFENCE OF GROSS INDECENCY.
The Jigawa High Court sitting in Birnin Kudu, presided by Justice Musa Ubale has on Tuesday 1st March 2022 convicted one Isa Ibrahim to life imprisonment, the convict was found guilty for the offence of Rape punishable under section 282 (1)(e) of the Jigawa State Penal Code Law (Miscellaneous Amendment), 2014.
The defendant Isah Ibrahim ‘m’ from Kwari Village of Birnin Kudu Local Government, on 26th September 2018 lured 4 and 5-year-old girls to his farm and had sexual intercourse with them. The mother of the victims reported the case to the police and the suspect was arrested, and after investigation, he was charged to court for the offence of Rape.
In proving the case, the prosecution counsel, Shuaibu Aminu, called five (5) witnesses and tendered two (2) exhibits. The defendant testified as sole witness in his defence.
The Presiding Judge found that the prosecution had proved their case beyond reasonable doubt and found the defendant guilty as charged and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
In another judgment, the Jigawa State High Court sitting at Hadejia presided over by Justice Ado Yusuf Birnin Kudu on 1st March 2022, convicted one Mohd Zakar for the offence of gross indecency and sentenced him to seven (7) years imprisonment.
The defendant from Magama Quarters in Hadejia Town of Hadejia Local Government, sometimes in July 2018 lured a 9-year-old-girl to his room and had a sexual relationship with her. The trial court found that the prosecution through Basiru Leko did not establish the offence of rape but was able to prove that the defendant had committed an act of gross indecency by inserting his finger into the private part of the victim. The Court, therefore, relied on Section 238 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Jigawa State to convicted him for a lesser offence.
At the High Court of Justice Dutse, presided by Honourable Justice Umar M Sadiq the State Chief Judge, on Wednesday 2nd March 2022 convicted and sentenced one Islamaddin Datti of Malam Inuwa Dutse Housing Estate to seven (7) years imprisonment for the offence of act of Gross indecency.
The defendant was arraigned before the High Court based on two count charges of Sodomy and act of gross indecency against two young boys between the ages of 14-16, where he had unlawful anal sexual intercourse with one of them and showed them pornographic videos. The offences are contrary to sections 284 (1) and 285 of the penal Code (Miscellaneous Amendment) Law No. 9 of 2014.
While delivering the judgment, His Lordship Honourable Justice Umar Sadiq, Chief Judge of Jigawa State found that the prosecution had failed to prove all the ingredients of the offence of Sodomy due to contradiction in the testimonies of the witnesses. However, the Court held that evidence led by prosecution counsel Muhammad El-Usman has established without doubt that the convict had indeed showed the boys pornographic videos, which act is dangerous to the victim’s upbringing. The court further held that the judgment is meant to serve as deterrence.
Zainab Baba Santali
Public Relations Officer
Jigawa state Ministry of Justice.
3rd March 2022.