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ABDULLAHI IBRAHIM v. THE STATE

(2017) JELR 37511 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/K/254/C/2016  •  31 Jan 2017  •  Nigeria

Coram
IBRAHIM SHATA BDLIYA JCA; OBIETONBARA O. DANIEL-KALIO JCA; AMINA AUDI WAMBAI JCA;

Judgement

IBRAHIM SHATA BDLIYA, J.C.A.: (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of the Katsina State High Court of Justice (the lower Court) delivered on the 17th day of February 2016, in Suit No. KTH/124/2014, by Yusuf, J. The appellant was arraigned on the 5th of January 2014 on a one count charge for committing the offence of rape punishable under Section 283 of the Penal Code, Katsina State. He was alleged to have committed the offence by luring Naja'atu Sada, a girl of ten years of age into a shop and unlawfully had sexual intercourse with her. He pleaded not guilty to the charge. Witnesses testified for the prosecution; documents admitted in evidence. The appellant called witnesses who testified on his defence.

Both learned counsel submitted written address to the Court, and same adopted before the Court. The learned trial judge delivered his judgment on the 17th of February, 2016, convicting the appellant as charged. Dissatisfied with the conviction, the …

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