Aminu Hayatu Tafida, son of the special adviser to Sokoto State governor on social investment and two others, have been sentenced to three four years imprisonment for circulating the nude video of a bride-to-be.
Tafida, a teenager, was sentenced alongside two of his friends; Umar Abubakar and Mas’ud Abubakar Gidado.
They were convicted on charges ranging from abetment, indecent act, sale and printing of obscene book and circulation of an 18 seconds nude video.
In his verdict, the Chief Magistrate, Shu’aibu Ahmad, noted that the defendants were first time offenders, who did not earlier realise the consequences of their action.
They were given an option of N400,000 fine.
“I consider the passionate pleas of each of the Defence counsels and the need to safeguard the society from this kind of act”, he said.
“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 book, each of them will pay N50,000 fine or two years imprisonment.
“On the abetment, each of them will pay N50,000 fine in default six months imprisonment”.
The chief magistrate, however, ordered each of the defendants to pay N100,000 to the complainant as compensation.
“Hoping that, this judgement will serve as deterrent to others,” he said
Ahmad said counsels of the defendants have the right to appeal against the judgement if not satisfied.
Speaking shortly after the judgement, the mother of the victim, Hajiya Safiya Umar, expressed satisfaction with the judgement, saying “the judiciary has proved to be the hope of the common man.”
The alleged sex tape involving a 16-year-old daughter of the complainant was recorded in 2017.