5 people have appeared before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Katsina state for allegedly killing and feeding the corpse of a newborn baby to a dog.
The incident occured at Saika village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina state.
The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Altine Ragiji explained to the court that a traditional ruler in the town reported to the police of a 15 year-old girl giving birth out of wedlock.
The teenage girl, her mum, and 3 others were later arrested in connection with the case. They were Muhammad Bello, 45; Musa Bello, 35; Umar Bello, 27.
Ragiji said the teenage mother told the police that she was lured by one Musa Garba, 30, to his farm and forcefully had a sexual intercourse with her about 10 months ago.
The people arrested confessed to the crime, claiming assistance from the girl’s mother, Faiza Umar, 30.
The accused persons were charged for “an act done with intent to prevent child being alive after birth’’ contrary to sections 85, 235 and 387 of the Penal Code.
They have been ordered by the Chief Magistrate, Mr. Nura El-Ladan, to be remanded in prison custody.
El-Ladan further directed the police to conduct further investigations on the matter.
The court adjourned the case to Aug. 8 for further mention.