A 25-year-old farmer, Umar Yakubu, was sentenced, to 15 years imprisonment, without an option of fine, by Hadejia High Court for raping an 8-year-old girl, Wednesday, Jigawa .
Umar Yakubu was dragged before the court by the police in 2012 on one count charge of rape, contrary to section 282 of the Penal Code.
The man was accused of having carnal knowledge of an 8-year-old girl (name withheld), at Dingare Village in Kaugama Local Government area of the state.
Delivering judgement, Justice Ubale Ahmed, said that Yakubu was convicted and sentenced under section 283 of the penal code based on evidences and his submissions before the court.
The judge said the court was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that he was guilty as charged.
Ahmed added that the court passed the verdict to serve as deterrent to others, and to check the spate of rape and other forms of abuses against children in the society.
The judge called on parents to be vigilant and monitor their wards to protect them from abuses.