Shopkeeper Ubale Sa’idu Dotsa, 63, testified Wednesday he was instructed by the devil to commit the crime, and was unaware he was infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He argued the girl attempted to seduce him by regularly visiting his store.
In testimony, Magistrate Faruk Ahmed rejected Dotsa’s plea for mercy, noting Dotsa is a married man who committed adultery.
Similar sentences have occasionally been handed down in Nigeria’s Islamic courts, but have never been enforced. Past sentences have typically been commuted to life imprisonment.
A lengthy appeal process is also available to the convicted man. Kano Commissioner of Justice Maliki Kuliya said Dotsa is eligible to appeal to several higher courts, including Nigeria’s Supreme Court.