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Crime Updated: March 30, 2024

Jigawa: Four sentenced to life imprisonment for raping teenager

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
March 30, 2024
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A Jigawa State High Court has sentenced four people to life in jail for the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Kurmi quarters, Gwaram Local Government Area, the state.

The convicts, Sale Ibrahim (40), Amadu Saleh (46), Sale Ali (40), and Danmami Yusuf (37), were found guilty of rape under Section 3 (1) and punished under Sections 3 (2a & 2b) of Jigawa State's VAPP Laws.

The prosecution produced four witnesses, including a medical report, and two documents to back up their case.

After hearing testimony from both sides, the court determined that the prosecution had established its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

This punishment follows another recent case in which the State High Court convicted Aminu Ali, 25, to life in prison for rape and sodomy.

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In a related report, a man named Prince Dara has been arrested by the Police in Ogun State for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl in Abolaniyi Street, Idorawa, Idi-Oke in the state.

The command revealed that the incident happened on February 8, 2024.

The police said the survivor, identified simply as Odede, accused the suspect of luring her into his house on February 7 after he had seized her bag that contained her mobile phone and other personal effects.

The police added that the suspect threatened the survivor with a knife and raped her multiple times before he finally freed her.

Speaking about the incident, Odutola said the surveillance teams were immediately mobilised to the scene.

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"The entire area was combed for useful information, and the suspect was apprehended and brought to the station for questioning.

“The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. The case file and parties involved will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in Abeokuta for discreet investigation.”

Defilement is one of the sexual offences under Nigerian criminal law.

While reacting to the incident of defilement, a legal practitioner and human rights lawyer, Collins Aigbogun, stated that anyone found guilty of the crime risked life imprisonment.

“The issue of defilement is not an issue of the Constitution. It is an issue of criminal jurisprudence.

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“For defilement of any girl under the age of 13, the person is guilty of a felony and is liable for imprisonment for life. Ogun and Lagos states shared the similarities.”

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