Salisu Abdul, who was accused with raping a seven-year-old child, was dismissed and cleared by the Jigawa State High Court in Gumel on Tuesday.
On the 3rd of December 2019, he was charged in the High Court on charges of enticing a 7-year-old primary school child to his home in Bariki Quarters, Gumel, where he reportedly violated her.
The offence he is accused of is punished under Section 3 of the Penal Code (Miscellaneous Amendment) Law No 9, 2014, according to the Presiding Judge, Justice A.M. Sambo.
The prosecution in proving its case presented three witnesses and tendered three exhibits while the defence presented two witnesses including the defendant himself.
After analyzing the evidence the court found that the offence of rape has not been proven by the prosecution.
According to the Judge, the court found that the victim in her testimony could not identify the defendant as the person who allegedly defiled her and the proper procedure for identification parade was not followed by the police at the Gumel Police Division.
Meanwhile, the High Court Sitting in Hadejia also discharged and acquitted one Mohd Junainu from Makara-Huta in Hadejia Local government for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old girl.
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