A 16 year old teenager identified as Abdulmalik Yau of Durbi Ta-Kusheyi village in Mani Local Government Area has been accused of raping and impregnating a 14-year-old girl in Katsina state. Abdulmalik was yesterday arraigned before the magistrates’ court in Katsina State.
The accused is said to have been living in the same house with the victim when the act was perpetrated. The victim’s father, Murtala Lawal, reported the matter to the police amd the suspect was subsequently arrested. He was arraigned before the court for rape which is contrary to Section 283 of the Penal Code.
The presiding Magistrate, Fadila Dikko, told the accused that the case was only brought before the court for cognisance as the court had no jurisdiction to hear the case . He therefore ordered the accused to be remanded at the remand home pending when the case would be assigned to an appropriate court.
He adjourned the case to July 20th to enable the court receive advice from the state Ministry of Justice.