Three men were sentenced to four and a half years in jail each by a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Sokoto on Tuesday for distributing a nude video.
Aminu Yahatu-Tafida, Umar Abubakar, and Mas’ud Gidado, all of Sokoto, were condemned.
They were convicted of abatement, sale/circulation of obscene literature, and obscene and indecent acts by the court.
The prisoners were initially arraigned on October 5, 2020, according to NG Times.
The offenses were in violation of the Sokoto State Penal Code.
The case was reported by a resident of Bardon Barade, Sokoto, according to the prosecutor, ASP Samuel Sule (name withheld).
Hayatu-Tafida (a.k.a. Baffa) allegedly brought the complainant’s 16-year-old daughter to the Phoenix Guest Inn in 2017, had illegal carnal knowledge of her, and filmed her nudity in an 18-second video clip, according to Sule.
Hayatu-Tafida, he claims, plotted with the others to spread the naked video on social media.
He went on to say that the activities caused the victim’s wedding, which was set to take place in October 2020, to be canceled.
Chief Magistrate Shu’aibu Ahmad stated in his decision that he weighed the prisoners’ request for mercy, noting that they were first-time offenders.
For obscene and indecent acts, Ahmad sentenced the defendants to two years in jail, with the option of a N200,000 fine.
He sentenced them to two years in jail for selling and distributing obscene materials and six months in prison for abatement, with a fine of N50,000 available for each of the offenses.
He believed that the penalties would act as a deterrence to those who might commit similar crimes.
Ahmad also directed that each of the convicted pay N100,000 as compensation to the plaintiff.