The Sokoto Chief Magistrate Court on Tuesday, sentenced four teenagers; Aminu Hayatu Tafida, Hayatu Tafida, Umar Abubakar and Mas’ud Abubakar Gidado to four years imprisonment for circulating the nude video of a bride to be.
One of the teenagers, Aminu Hayatu Tafida, is the son of the Special Adviser to the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal on Social Investment
The teenagers were convicted on charges ranging from abetment, indecent act, sale and printing of obscene books and circulation of an 18 seconds nude video.
The Chief Magistrate, Shu’aibu Ahmad, in his judgement disclosed that the teenagers are first time offenders who have just realised the consequences of their action.
They were given an option of an N400,000 fine.
He said, “I consider the passionate pleas of each of the Defence counsel 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 obscene books, each of them will pay an N50,000 fine or two years imprisonment.
“On the abetment, each of them will pay N50,000 fine in default six months imprisonment.”
He, however, ordered each of the defendants to pay N100,000 to the complainant as compensation.
“Hoping that, this judgement will serve as a deterrent to others,” he said
The magistrate further stated that the Counsel of the defendants have the right to appeal against judgement if not satisfied.
The mother of the victim, Safiya Umar while reacting to the ruling expressed satisfaction with the judgement, saying “the judiciary has proved to be the hope of the common man.”