The Kano State High Court has sentenced a man, Paul Owne, to 91 years in prison after convicting him of masterminding the kidnapping of children in Kano for sale in Onitsha, Anambra State
The judge, Zuwaira Yusuf, also fined Mr. Owne N100,000 for conspiring with six other persons for the kidnap of the children who were mostly under five years and teenagers.
The court found Mr. Owne guilty of all the 38 charges filed against him by Kano State Government.
Delivering the judgment on Friday, the judge, Mrs. Yusuf, found Mr. Owne guilty of counts 2, 8, 9, 2, 27 and 34, and sentenced him to seven years for each count without an option of fine, in addition to a fine of N100,000.
Also, the court found him guilty of counts 3, 5, 10, 11, 22, 28, and 38 and also sentenced him to seven years for each.
Mrs. Yusuf said all the sentences shall run consecutively
The convict was arraigned before the court alongside five other defendants who pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them. Their own trial is therefore continuing.
After their rescue, the police commissioner in Kano, Ahmed Illiyasu, returned the children to their parents after parading the suspects.