In a significant milestone in the enforcement of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act of 2015, the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has achieved a groundbreaking life imprisonment verdict against Dr. Abubakar Mustapha Danraka, a public officer, for the crime of sodomy.
The verdict was delivered at the High Court in Abuja, under the jurisdiction of Hon. Justice Asmau Akanbi-Yusuf, presiding over the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Kubwa, Abuja. Dr. Abubakar Mustapha Danraka, formerly the Chief Pharmacist of National Hospital, Abuja, and Senior Special Adviser (Technical) to the Director of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, was the convict in question.
This ruling culminates a three-year legal battle that had garnered widespread attention from stakeholders across the nation.
According to Vincent Adekoye, the agency’s spokesman, the case originated from the arrest of Dr. Abubakar Mustapha Danraka on March 27, 2020, for the sexual assault of a minor whose identity remains confidential. The victim, a neighbor residing in the same estate as the convict, was lured to his apartment and subjected to anal intercourse after being incapacitated with a drink.
Dr. Abubakar Mustapha Danraka was formally charged on August 9, 2021, and subsequently arraigned on April 5, 2022, where he pleaded “not guilty.” The prosecution team from NAPTIP successfully substantiated the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, leading to the pronounced judgment on September 18, 2023.
Expressing her satisfaction with the verdict, Professor Fatima Waziri–Azi, the Director General of NAPTIP, commended the Judiciary for its unwavering commitment to upholding justice under the provisions of the VAPP Act. She highlighted the collaborative efforts between NAPTIP and the Judiciary and affirmed that such landmark judgments are vital steps in making Nigeria a violence-free nation.
Professor Fatima Waziri–Azi stated, “I want to specially commend the Judiciary for its sustained collaboration and support in the implementation of the VAPP/Law in the Country, which has culminated in this landmark judgment. This is a victory for us as a country.
“In our bid to make Nigeria a violence–free nation, in collaboration with all our esteemed partners and stakeholders, we will continue to scale our efforts in ensuring more convictions and less impunity,” the NAPTIP Director General stated.
This conviction marks the third successful rape conviction secured by NAPTIP in the Federal Capital Territory for the year 2023.