Three teenagers, Aminu Hayatu Tafida, Umar Abubakar and Mas’ud Abubakar Gidado, have bagged a four-year jail term each for circulating the nude video of a 16-year-old girl.
The verdict was given by the Sokoto Chief Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday sentencing the son of the Special Adviser to Sokoto Governor on Social Investment, Hayatu Tafida, alongside the other two culprits.
The teenagers were convicted on charges ranging from abetting, indecent act, sale and printing of an obscene book and circulation of an 18-second nude video.
In his verdict, Chief Magistrate Shu’aibu Ahmad, noted that the defendants were first time offenders who had just realised the consequences of their actions.
They were given an option of N400,000 fine.
“I consider the passionate pleas of each of the defence counsels and the need to safeguard the society from this kind of act. On the obscene and indecent act, each of the defendants will pay N200,000 fine in default they will spend two years in prison. On the sale of the obscene book, each of them will pay a N50,000 fine or two years imprisonment.
“On the abetment, each of them will pay N50,000 fine in default six months imprisonment,” Ahmad averred.
He, however, ordered each of the defendants to pay N100,000 to the complainant as compensation.
“Hoping that, this judgment will serve as a deterrent to others,” he said.
He, however, added that counsels of the defendants had the right to appeal against the judgment if not satisfied.
Speaking shortly after the judgment, the mother of the victim, Hajiya Safiya Umar, expressed satisfaction with the judgment, saying “the judiciary has proved to be the hope of the common man.”
The alleged sex tape involving a 16-year-old daughter of the complainant was recorded in 2017.
Aminu Hayatu-Tafida had allegedly raped the victim, a 16-year-old girl and circulated her nude video on the Internet.
In October 2020, the prosecuting officer, ASP Samuel Sule, said all the offences contravened the penal code law and laws of Sokoto state.
Sule told the court at the time that the case was reported by the mother of the girl, Hajiya Safiya Umar of Bardon Barade area of Sokoto.
He added that the acts resulted in the termination of the girl’s wedding, scheduled to take place in October 2020.