A High Court in Jigawa State has yesterday sentenced a 27-year-old man, Suleiman Ahmed of Lutai Village, Birnin Kudu LGA, to life imprisonment for raping a minor.
The Public Relations Officer, Jigawa state Ministry of Justice, Zainab Baba Santali in a signed statement, Monday, said the charge was that the convict has committed the offence on the 15th day of March, 2020 at Babaldu Town when he lured a girl of 11 years old girl to an uncompleted house and had carnal knowledge of her. Two of the girl’s friends testified that they saw when the convict called the girl to an uncompleted house and they followed them only to caught him red handed while committing the offence.
Other parts of the statement read:
In prove of the case, prosecution counsel led by the Jigawa Attorney General Dr Musa Adamu Aliyu called 4 witnesses before the court while the defendant denies the charges. The learned trial judge Justice Musa Ubale ruled that the prosecution counsel has proven their case beyond reasonable doubt against the defendant and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the offence of rape.
In similar case, the State vs Adamu Ali, the defendant who resides in Birnin Kudu town was accused to have raped a 9-year-old primary school pupil in the month of February 2020. The facts of the case were that, the defendant lured the prosecutrix with N500 naira to buy biscuits, she bought the biscuits and took it home. Upon interrogation and investigation by her parent and her school managements the act of rape in the issue was revealed. The prosecution called four (4) witnesses in proving the case.
Honorable Justice Musa Ubale while delivering the judgment said the prosecution team led by the Honorable Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu, had successfully proved the offence of Rape against the defendant. He therefore convicted and sentenced the convict to 21 years imprisonment.
In the case of State vs Mohammed Musa from sanyaya village of Birnin Kudu local government, alleged to have raped a 15-year-old girl. At the end of the trial Honorable Justice Musa Ubale found that the prosecution led by the Honorable Attorney General did not discharge the burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt as such His Lordship discharged and acquitted the defendant. The judgment was delivered on 20th January, 2021.