The Sokoto Magistrate court have today sentenced the son of the Sokoto State governor's aide, Amino Hayatu-Tafida, along with two other culprits; Mas'ud Abubakar Gidado, and Umar Abubakar, a four year jail term on grounds of circulation of an 18-second nude video of a 16 year old teenager, indecent act, abetting, printing and sales of an obscene book.
_Court Verdict on the Son of The Sokoto State Governor's Aide
He was accused of sending the nudes photo of the teenager to her spouse after her marriage was fixed in 2020. He allegedly lured the minor to a hotel in sokoto, drugged and had carnal knowledge of her, of which he recorded the act in 2017.
Chief Magistrate, Shu’aibu Ahmad, of the Sokoto Magistrate court who gave the verdict noted that the defendants were first time offenders who have realised the consequence of their actions. He considered the plea of the counsel of the defendants who pleaded for leniency and that justice should be tempered with mercy. His verdict was delivered as thus:
A two hundred thousand naira (N200,000) fine each for obscene and indecent act which in default, they will spend 2 years in prison.
On sale of obscene book, each person would pay fifty thousand naira (N50,000 ) or spend 2 years in prison.
On abetting, they will each pay fifty thousand naira ( N50,000 ) fine, which in default will lead to 6 months in prison .
He however ordered each of the defendant to pay the sum of one hundred thousand naira (N100,000 )naira to the complainant. Hence, the cumulative amount to be paid summed up to 400,000 naira fine or a 4-year, 6 months jail term
The mother of the victim, Hajiya Safiya Umar however expresses satisfaction in the judgment delivered as she affirms that "the judicial system is still the hope of the common man'.
The magistrate however noted that the judgment would serve as a deterrent to others, and if the counsel of defendants is not satisfied with the judgment, they can make an appeal.
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