Farmer convicted of raping 5-yr-old girl gets N10,000 fine

Source: Daily Trust

An Upper Area Court sitting in Kasuwan Nama, in Jos, Plateau State, on Wednesday sentenced a 19-year-old farmer, Jacob Yohanna to  three years  in prison for raping a five-year-old girl or pay a fine of N10,000.

The judge, Lawal Suleiman, sentenced Yohanna after he pleaded guilty and begged the court for mercy, saying it was the devil that pushed him to rape the girl.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported on April 16, by Mr Adamu Sale of Yelwa of Barkin Ladi LGA, who is the complainant.

The prosecutor said the case was later transferred from the Barkin Ladi Police Division to the state CIID on April 19 for investigation and prosecution.

Gokwat said the convict lured the girl into his room and raped her.

The prosecutor said the offence was contrary to the provisions of Section 283 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria (NAN).