A 20-year-old man identified as Yashua’u Shehu has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for raping a 3-year-old girl in Sokoto.
The suspect of Atakwanyo village in Kware Local Government Area of GA Sokoto was sentenced by Justice James Kolawole Omotosho of the federal high court with a fine of N500,000 fine as compensation to the victim.
Justice Omotosho stated that sexual exploitation, especially of minors has become rampant in the North and appealed to parents and governments to rise up in defense of vulnerable children.
He added that it is the duty of all of us to put a stop to the menace of sexual exploitation,”
The charge, according to Justice Omotosho, read: “That you, 20 years old Yushua’u Shehu (M) of Atakwanyo, Kware Area, Kware Local Government of Sokoto State, around 04:00pm on or about 27th May, 2021 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, procured one (name withheld), three years old female of Minanata area of Sokoto State, took her to one Hajiya’s house close to Minanata area, Sokoto State and you subjected her to sexual exploitation with yourself, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 16(1) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015”.
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