3 jailed for 4 years in Sokoto for circulating nude video
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Sokoto on Tuesday sentenced three men to four and half years’ imprisonment each for circulating a nude video.
The court sentenced Aminu Yahatu-Tafida, Umar Abubakar and Mas’ud Gidado, all residents of Sokoto.
The court found them guilty of abatement, sale/circulation of obscene books, obscene and indecent act.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convicts were first arraigned on Oct. 5, 2020.
The prosecutor, ASP Samuel Sule, earlier told the court that the case was reported by a resident of Bardon Barade, Sokoto (name withheld).
According to him, Hayatu-Tafida conspired with the others and circulated the nude video on social media.
He added that the acts resulted in the termination of the victim’s wedding scheduled to take place in October 2020.
In his judgment, Chief Magistrate Shu’aibu Ahmad said that he considered the convicts’ plea for leniency, adding that they were first-time offenders.
Ahmad sentenced the convicts to two years’ imprisonment each for the obscene and indecent acts, with an option N200,000 fine.
He sentenced them to two years’ imprisonment each for sale and circulation of obscene materials, and six months imprisonment each for abatement, with an N50,000 fine option for each of the offenses.
He hoped that the sentences would serve as a deterrent to others.
Ahmad also ordered each of the convicts to pay N100,000 to the complainant as compensation.