A Senior Magistrate Court in Katsina has remanded two men, Ismail Abdulmumin, 35, and Sani Haruna, 20, in prison custody for allegedly defiling the 10-year-old daughter of their neighbour.
Abulmumin, a labourer, and Haruna, a businessman, both of the Tundun Ali Quarter, Dandume, allegedly committed the offence on May 16, 2019.
The police accused them of luring the victim to an uncompleted building where she was molested.
According to the police, the father of the victim, Isah Abdullahi, reported the incident at the Dandume Police Station on May 17, 2019, which led to the arrest of the accused persons.
Abdullahi had told the police that the girl’s mother informed him about the incident prompting him to lodge a formal complaint.
The suspects were said to have confessed during interrogation to having had unlawful carnal knowledge of the victim.
According to the police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, the suspects were being charged in accordance with sections 97 and 283 of the Penal Code Law.
He asked the court for additional time for the police to conclude the investigation.
In her ruling, the presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, granted his request and adjourned the case till August 20, 2019, for mention, while ordering the acussed persons to be remanded in prison custody.
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