Ibrahim Sale, a security guard, was sentenced to six years in prison by a Kano State High Court on Wednesday.
Sale was found guilty of abusing a young girl of the age of eight.
The resident of Darmanawa Quarters in Kano was charged with criminal conspiracy, rape, and gross indecency on three counts.
Justice Usman Na’abba, however, held that the prosecution did not prove their case of rape beyond reasonable doubt.
“There was no evidence of penetration tendered before the court,” he said.
Na’abba sentenced Sale to six years imprisonment starting from the first day of arrest.
Prosecution counsel, Hafsat Kabir-Sanusi, had told the court that the convict committed the offence on July 24, 2017.
The lawyer said on the same date at about 4:00 p.m, Sale conspired with Sa’adu Ibrahim, a driver, who had sexual intercourse with the minor many times.
Ibrahim, the first defendant and driver of the victim, raped the girl on different occasions whenever he brought her back from school.
The prosecutor recalled that Ibrahim was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, Hepatitis, and died in prison in December 2019 while awaiting trial.