Salisu Abdullahi v State (CA/KN/58C/C/2020)

Administrator on November 20, 2021

This was an appeal against the Judgment of the High Court of Jigawa State sitting at Dutse, delivered by Hon Justice A.I Gumel (retired). The trial court had convicted the appellant for the offence of Act of Gross Indecency (i.e., showing phonographic materials in his mobile phone to an 8-year-old girl) he was sentenced to seven (7) years imprisonment with ten (10) strokes of cane for ten (10) market days. The appellant being dissatisfied appealed to the court of appeal against the conviction and sentence. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of the Appellant and set aside the conviction and sentence. The Court in its Judgment held that the law is settled that the unsworn evidence of a child below 14 years requires corroboration and in the instant case the prosecutrix (victim) who also gave unsworn evidence and there was no corroborative evidence found in the record of the trial court to warrant the conviction of the appellant for the offence of gross indecency.

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