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Jigawa court sentences 4 to life imprisonment for rape 

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 Jigawa court sentences 4 to life imprisonment for rape

 

 

The Jigawa High court 6, sitting in Birnin Kudu, presided over by Justice Musa Ubale on Tuesday delivered judgment against four men, Umar Danladi, Abdussalam Sale, Auwalu Yunusa and Mu’azu Abdurrahman in four different charges.

The judge found the four guilty for the offence of rape, punishable to life imprisonment, under section 283 of the Penal Code Law of Jigawa State 2012(as amended).

According to statement by Zainab Baba Santali, spokesperson of Jigawa State Ministry of Justice, sent to PlatinumPost on Wednesday, Umar Danladi from sabuwar Gwaram, Gwaram local government of Jigawa State, was alleged to have lured and forcefully took an 8 year old pupil while returning from school and raped her.

She said the defendant was arrested, adding that on arraignment he denied the charge.

In his effort to prove the charge against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt, the prosecution counsel Yahaya Abdullahi, a Deputy Director Citizens Right, called three witnesses, tendered three exhibits, including statement of the defendant and medical report and finally closed his case.

 

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On his side, the defendant testified as sole witness in his own defense and called no other witnesses.

In the second case, according to her, Abdussalam Sale from Rafawa Village Dutse local government, was accused to have raped a 12 year old girl he met in a village.

She said the defendant sent the victim for an errand, but after she had return, he forcefully grabbed and raped her.

“After his arrest he admits to have committed the offence, but on his arraignment, he denied the charge.

“The prosecution in effort to prove the charge against the defendant called three witnesses, tendered three exhibits (statement of the defendant and medical report) and finally closed its case. On his side, the defendant testified as sole witness in his own defense and called no other witnesses,” Santali stated.

She added that in the case of Auwalu Yunusu, who held from Kafin Fulani in Gwaram local government accused to have raped a 6 year old girl, after returning from an errand the defendant sent her.

“After the victim had returned, the defendant forcefully had sexual intercourse and threatened to kill her if she tells anyone. Few days later, the victim was asked what happened to her but refused to talk. Until when the victim could not walk, that was when she revealed the identity of Mr. Yunusa as the person who raped her.

“In establishing the charge against the defendant, the prosecution called five witnesses, tendered two exhibits (statement of the defendant and medical report) and finally closed his case. On his side, the defendant testified as sole witness in his own defense and called no other witness.

“Lastly, Muazu Abdulrahman from sabuwar Gwaram in Gwaram local government, was also accused to have to lured an 8 year old pupil and had sexual intercourse with her while returning from school. The defendant forcefully took her to a Guinea corn farm and raped her.

“On arraignment, the defendant denied committing the offence while the prosecution in effort to prove its charge, called 3 witnesses and tendered 3 exhibits (statement of the defendant and medical report) while the defendant testified as sole witness in his own defense,” she stated.

She said Justice Ubale, while delivering judgments in the four cases found that the prosecution through its counsel Yahaya Abdullahi had proved the cases beyond reasonable doubt, and that the four defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment based on the provision Section 283 of the Penal Code Law of Jigawa State 2012 (as amended).

 

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