5 men arraigned over 13-yearold minor’s pregnancy
Five men on Tuesday appeared before a Senior Magistrate’s Court in Katsina, for allegedly impregnating a 13- year-old minor, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The agency report said those arraigned incuded Amadu Mairake, 60, Samaila Hamza, 30, Hassan Surajo, 40, Sani Abdullahi, 30, and Hassan Ila, 40.
The suspects, who reside at Borin-Dawa village in Malumfashi Local Government of Katsina State, were charged with a onecount charge of rape.
According to the Police First Information Report (FIR), the accused persons committed the offence on September 2, 2015.
The FIR said that on September 2, 2015, at about 9.00 am, one Abdul-Malik Nuhu reported at Malumfashi Police station that his 13-year-old daughter had been impregnated by the five suspects.
It stated that the suspects had been having unprotected sexual intercourse with the minor, which led to the pregnancy.
The FIR accused said that persons the had committed an offence contrary to section 283 of the Penal Code.
When the matter came up for hearing, the police prosecutor, Mr. Hashimu Musa, told the court that the police were still investigating the matter.
The Judge, Hajiya Nafisah Bagiwa, declared that the court would not take the plea of the accused as it has no jurisdiction to do so.
Bagiwa said that the suspects were arraigned before the court for the purpose of cognizance only.
She ordered the police to continue with their investigation and directed that the case file be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for advice.
The case was adjourned to Oct. 28, for continuation.