magistrate courtBy Uthman Siraja      

A Minna Chief Magistrate Court No2 has  remanded a 25 year old Mohammed Habibu in Correctional Custody for forcefully having sexual intercourse with a 15 year old JSS two student.

Mohammed was arraigned on two count charges which borders on criminal trespass, unlawful sexual intercourse with a child and impregnating a female student. The two count charges, according to the Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Bello Mohammed, contravened section 345 of the penal code law and section 18, 20, and section 25(3) of the Child Right Law of Niger State law 2010. The Prosecutor told the court that on the 17th of June, 2020, one Lawal Yahaya of Sabon gari area of Maikunkele, in Bosso Local government area of Niger State,  reported at the Area Commander office, Minna, that “some times in the month of February, 2020, You, Mohammed Habibu, aged 25 of Tudun Wada area of Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, came into his house in his absence to his sister, Mardiya Isah, and you lured  his younger sister Amina Yahaya aged 15, of Abdullahi Dada Secondary School in Maikunkele in JSS 2 class and you forcefully had sexual intercourse with her on four different occasions resulting to her being put in to family way”  When the charges were  read to him by the  presiding chief Magistrate, Hajiya Hauwa Baba Yusuf, he  pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Sgt Bello Mohammed requested the court to remand him in Correctional Custody Just as objected to his bail on the ground that cases of such nature is on the increase in recent times and is not ordinary bailable “My Lord, I objected to the bail of the accused on the ground that the case of this nature is not ordinarily bailable and there is likelihood of committing similar offence”

His defense counsel, Barrister Mohammed Bara’u Shehu  in his oral application to the Court, requested for the bail of the accused stating that with his plead of not guilty to the charge, he presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Presiding Chief Magistrate, Hajiya Hauwa Baba, while ruling on the oral application of the defense counsel; averred that the counsel failed to cite any section or legal authority to convince the court and she ordered for his remand in Correctional Custody and adjourned the case to 20th of July, 2020 for further mention.