By Fatima Kabir
A Magistrate Court sitting in Kaduna State has remanded a 25-year-old farmer over alleged raping a 16-year-old girl.
The suspect identified as Istifanus Musa,
was charged to court with rape, contrary to Section 289 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The NSCDC prosecutor, Marcus Audu,
told the court that on 18th November, 2022, the matter was referred by the Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Kafanchan to the corps’ office.
According to the prosecutor, “The accused person lured the girl into his room at Mabushi, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of the State and forcefully had sex with her.”
The presiding Magistrate, Michael Bawa,
said the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter and thereby did not take the accused person’s plea.
The case has been adjourned to 12th December 2022, and the file has been forwarded to the State Director of Public Prosecution.