Court sentences two men to 70 years imprisonment for removing 6-year-old girl’s genitals for ritual in Bauchi

Court gavel

Bauchi State High Court 1 has sentenced two persons, Adamu Abdulra’uf and Abdulkadir Wada, to 35 years imprisonment each for causing grievous hurt and attempting to commit culpable homicide on a six-year-old girl.

The court had earlier heard how the defendants, on December 30, 2020, at Jama’are Local Government Area of the state, strangled one Hauwa’u Ya’u.

Ya’u, who was six years old at the time, fainted before they used knives to cut off her private part for ritual purposes.

Justice Rabi Umar convicted and sentenced Abdulra’uf, 20, and Wada, 21, to 35 years each after they pleaded guilty to the crime.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Sabiu Gumba, told the court that the two defendants, Abdulrauf and Wada, were arraigned on August 17, 2021 on a three-count of criminal conspiracy, causing grievous hurt and attempting to commit culpable homicide.

The prosecution counsel called four witnesses including the father of the victim, while the defendants testified for themselves but didn’t call additional witnesses.

Gumba tendered the two knives used in committing the crime, a bottle containing the private part of the girl and a powder.