The mastermind of the 9 missing children from Kano, Paul Owne, has been sentenced to 104 years in prison for stealing and selling children in the distant state of Anambara.
In issuing the sentence, the Kano High Court judge, Judge Zuwaira Yusuf, sentenced Paul to 104 years in addition to the 100,000 NN fine for conspiring among his 6 other accomplices to kidnap many children under 10 years of kano and He sold them at Onitsha in Anambra State.
Judge Zuwaira convicted the convict after he pleaded guilty to the 38 charges brought against him by the Kano state government.
When issuing the ruling, Judge Yusuf classified the crimes into three and finally imposed the sentence on him.
In the first category, the court held that the convicted person was found guilty of charges 2, 8, 9, 27 and 34. She sentenced him to 7 years each without a fine option in addition to paying the sum of N100,000.
Similarly, the court found Paul guilty of counts 3, 5, 10, 11, 22, 28 and 38 and was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
While in the last category, Judge Yusuf said that Paul’s action was in violation of counts 4, 12, 13, 29 and 38. She, therefore, sentenced him to 4 years in prison for each count without option fine.
She ordered that all counts be done conservatively.
The convicted person was tried in court along with his other 5 defendants who pleaded not guilty to all the charges that were read to them. They are Ogbono, Emanuel Igwe, Loise Duru, Monica Oracha, Chinelo Ifedigwe.