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Supreme Court Upholds Sentence Of Soldier For Defiling 11-Year-Old

The Supreme Court has upheld the
conviction and four years jail
sentence handed to a soldier,
Corporal Isah Ahmed, for defiling
an 11- year old girl.

The appeal marked: SC/223/2013 was
filed by Ahmed of Nigerian Army
Headquarters Garrison. The court, in a
unanimous judgment by a five-man
panel, held that the General Court
Martial and the Court of Appeal, Abuja
division (to which the soldier had
appealed) were right in convicting
and sentencing him to four years in

He was said to have had carnal
knowledge of the girl (name withheld)
between January 4 and March 5, 2005.
Ahmed, who was said to be a
neighbour and family friend of the
victim, was said to have lured the girl
into his apartment, in his wife’s
absence, by asking the girl to buy soft
drink for him. The military court sat at
the Officers’ Mess, Mogadishu
Cantonment, Abuja.

At the end of its sitting on August 29,
2005, the Court Martial found Ahmed
guilty of the charge and sentenced him
to four years imprisonment. He
appealed to the Court of Appeal, Abuja
division, which also upheld the
military court’s verdict in its March
18, 2010 ruling.

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