A 60-year-old man, identified as  Mati Abdu, has been sentenced to death by stoning for defiling a minor by an upper Shariah Court in Kano.

Abdu, who hails from Farsa village in Tsanyawa Local Government area of Kano State was said to have allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl, name withheld under a tree in a broad daylight at Farsa village in 2019.

The presiding judge of the Shariah court, Khadi Ibrahim Sarki-Yola,  sitting in Kofar Kudu, near the Emir’s palace, sentenced Abdu after finding Abdu guilty of the offense.

Yola sentenced Abdu based on Section 127 subsection (b) of the Kano State Shariah Penal Code Law 2000.

Earlier, Barrister Badariya Bala-Shehu, the prosecution counsel, said the convict committed the offense around 1 pm.

Abdu had pleaded guilty.