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The Jigawa State High Court sitting in Hadejia Presided by Justice Ado Yusuf Birnin Kudu has convicted one Jibril Idi  to life imprisonment  for the offence of Rape and impregnating 12year old girl. 

In a statement to newsmen by the public relations officer of the state ministry of justice, Zainab Baba Santali said the offence is contrary to Section 282 (1)(e) of the Penal Code Cap P3 Laws of Jigawa State 2012 and punishable under Section 3 of the Penal Code.

The statement further explained that, facts of the case were that, Jibril Idi raped and got a 12 year old girl (name withheld) pregnant on 27th May 2017, in Diginsa village of Birniwa local government of the State, at the time, the victim was in JS1 student. 

Zainab Santali said during the trial, the defendant pleaded not guilty for the offence.

She said the prosecution counsel in an efforts to prove the case against the defendant, called 4 witnesses and tendered 3 exhibits and closed its case,pointing out that the defence counsel also opened their defense and closed. 

In a judgment, Justice Ado Yusuf Birnin Kudu found the defendant guilty of the offence of rape and sentenced him to life imprisonment. 

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In another development, Maryam Baba santali, the Jigawa High Court of Justice sitting in Dutse presided by Chief Judge Umar Maigari Sadiq has on 30th June 2021, acquitted 3 men on two separate charges of Criminal Conspiracy and Armed robbery. 

According to her, the defendants were alleged to have conspired and robbed a woman at Kaci Fulani village settlement on 10th August 2017 and another on 29th August 2017 in Dundubus Village of Dutse Local government area of the state. 

She said during the trial, evidence was led by the prosecution, in a bid to prove the charge against the accused persons and at the stage of tendering their respective confessional statements, they raised an objection as to the voluntariness of same.

Santali added that, at the end of the trial, the statements were rejected by the trial judge, thus, finds the accused persons not guilty of the offences, thereby discharged and set them free.