A 42-year-old man, Salisu Tanko has been sentenced to seven years jail term in addition to a fine of N1 million for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Kano State.
Tanko, a resident of Waika, Gwauron Dutse, Dala Local Government Area of Kano State was accused by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffick in Persons, NAPTIP before a Federal High Court on a one-count charge of sexual assault.
The presiding Judge, Justice Sa’adatu Mark on Tuesday while delivering the judgment however ordered that failure by Tanko to pay the fine of N1million should be made to serve an additional one-year jail term.
Mark said, “the only way to discourage wild spread ill in our society is to punish those found guilty severally.
“To this end, the court sentenced the defendant to seven years imprisonment with hard labour and a N1 million fine.” he added
In the event, the convict cannot pay the N1million, he should serve the term of an additional one year,”
Justice Mark stated. Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Abdullahi Babale said sometime in January 2020, the convict procured one Khadija Idris, 13-year-old, and sexually exploited her by defilement inside an uncompleted building.
Reacting to the judgments, the NAPTIP Kano Zonal Commander, Desmond Garba however expressed satisfaction with the judgment, describing it as a welcome development and more of such to come.