Kano man to die by ston­ing for rape

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ismail Mu­dashir & Haruna Gimba Yaya, Kano

A court in Kano has sen­tenced a 62-year-old man to death by ston­ing for rap­ing a 12-year-old girl.

Ubale Saidu, who is HIV-pos­i­tive, was sen­tenced by an Up­per Sharia Court fol­low­ing his con­fes­sion to rap­ing a girl of Dosa Vil­lage in Kum­botso, a sub­urb of Kano, af­ter in­duce­ment.

The court was told that med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion in­di­cated that the girl, a pri­mary 6 pupil, has been in­fected with the HIV virus as a re­sult of the rape.

Ubale, who re­vealed liv­ing with HIV for 2 years, said he lost his first and sec­ond wives to the virus in 2011.

De­liv­er­ing the judge­ment, Judge Faruq Ahmed sen­tenced Ubale to death by ston­ing in line with Is­lamic laws, and or­dered that a sum of N36 mil­lion be paid as com­pen­sa­tion to the par­ents of the girl in case she died of the dis­ease.

When con­tacted last night, Kano Com­mis­sioner of Jus­tice Ma­liki Kuliya said the man was con­victed in line with the Sharia law.

“He was tried by the Sharia court and the law in Sharia is that if a mar­ried man com­mits adul­tery he will be sen­tenced to death by ston­ing and that was what the judge did. The ac­cused made the trial eas­ier by con­fess­ing to the of­fence,” he said.

He, how­ever, said the con­vict has the right to ap­peal the judge­ment.

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