25-year-old farmer, Instifanus Musa remanded for allegedly raping teenager in Kaduna

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A 25-year-old farmer, Istifanus Musa, was on Tuesday ordered to be remanded in a correctional centre by a Kafanchan magistrates’ court in Kaduna State for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl.

The suspect 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).

Mr Marcus Audu, the NSCDC prosecutor, 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.”

Michael Bawa, the presiding Magistrate, 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.


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