There is a controversy trailing the decision of a Shari’ah court in Kaduna, to sentence three rapists to one year imprisonment with an option of N7,000 fine.
Apart from the fact that the Judge’s decision has sparked outrage, it has also generated controversy and anxiety in the ancient city of Zaria, where the crime was reported to have been perpetuated.
The judge of the court, Malam Iliyasu Muhammad Umar, during the ruling said the prosecution led by Sergeant Adamu Yahaya, convinced the court, therefore the three suspects will serve one year jail term or pay N7,000 fine with 20 strokes of the cane, Daily Trust reports.
According to investigation, the three men, Hassan Suleiman, Ibrahim Usman and Adamu Audu, lured their victims aged 9 and 10 while on the way to school.
While Hassan Suleiman and Ibrahim Usman used to intercept the 9-year-old girl on her way to school and rape her. Adamu Audu’s victim is the 10-year-old girl.
Many residents of Zaria and human rights activists have condemned the verdict of the judge, especially that he did not support his decision with any provision of Islamic jurisprudence, as Shari’ah is the status of the court.