In the case which lasted about six months, Resident Counsel,
Abubakar Suleiman, tendered exhibits and were all upheld by the
presiding judge, Justice Yusuf Tanko Usman.
Before pronouncing his judgment on the convict, the judge had
asked him whether he had a plea to mitigate the sentence but
instead he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of unlawful
intercourse with the small girl and asked for pardon.
Justice Usman, therefore, convicted him under Section 283 of the
Meanwhile, another similar case involving three adults has been
adjourned till September 10. They were alleged to have raped a
14-year-old girl in Kontagora town which contradicts Sections 79,
83 and 283 of the Pensl Code.
Chief counsel, Ahmed Attahiru, had tendered an application for
motion on notice to add one more witness in the case and
therefore prayed for additional 30days for the case to continue.
Joseph Usman, holding brief for counsel to the accused, did not
raise an objection to the plea.
The presiding judge, Justice Yusuf Tanko, therefore adjourned
further hearing in the case.