Man, 55 sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling  a minor in Minna

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A 55 year old man, Yau Ibrahim has been sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling a six year old minor in Minna. by a Senior Magistrate Court; Angwan Daji.

The convict had earlier been arraigned before the Court on 15 August 2023, for having unlawful sexual intercourse with the minor.

As a result of the intercourse, the convict also infected the minor with a sexually transmitted disease which has permanently led to her ill health.
The police Prosecutor, Inspector Aliyu Yakubu Kuta had called two witnesses during the trial and both testified before the court on how the victim was sexually abused.

Two exhibits were tendered during the trial which include the confessional statement of the convict and medical report from Rayuwal Sexual Reference Center,  Police Clinic in Minna.

The Presiding Senior Magistrate, Hafsat Abdullahi Bawa Wuse found him guilty on one count charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child punishable under section 26 (2) of the child right law 2021 as amended and she convicted him accordingly.

The convict had pleaded for leniency but the Senior Magistrate asserted that considering the magnitude of the offense committed by the convict, he deserves no leniency from the court.

The Senior Magistrate averred that the action of the convict has in no small way led to an indelible stigma on the little girl.

” The victim status of health as confessed by the convict as contained in the medical report and the stigma the victim will carry for life as a result of the convict action has made the offence to be more griveous.

“The court hereby sentence you Ibrahim Yau to imprisonment for life for the offense of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child punishable under 2021 as amended”.
With this judgement, the Senior Magistrate Hafsat Abdullahi Bawa Wuse becomes the first Magistrate that has invoked the full wrath of life jail term on rapists since the Law was amended about two years ago in Niger state.

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