Court remands two for defiling minors in Katsina

A Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court has ordered that two men, Jibrin Magaji, 30, and Anwar Maruf (age not stated), be remanded in a correctional facility for allegedly defiling two minors.

Following the order, Magaji of Maska village in the Funtua Local Government Area of the state, is to remain in custody until December 11, 2019, when his case comes up for mention.

Maruf of the Kofan Marusa Quarter, Katsina, will remain in custody until January 16, 2020, when his own case is expected to come up for mention.

The presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, gave the order after police prosecutors arraigned the duo in two separate cases of rape.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, ASP Sani Ado, told the court that one Sham’uana Musa, 43, of Maska village, Funtua LGA, reported a case of rape at the Central Police Station, Funtua, on October 10, 2019.

The complainant reported that Magaji, who is his neighbour, on the said day, lured his 11-year-old daughter into a nearby uncompleted building, where he allegedly had penetrative sex with her and thereafter gave her N20.

Acting on the report, the police sent detectives, who arrested Magaji and charged him for rape in accordance with Section 283 of the Penal Code Law.

Maruf, on the other hand, was alleged to have had forceful carnal knowledge of a 14- year-old-girl at the Kofar Marusa Quarter, Katsina, on October 30, 2019.

He was also charged with offence of rape in line with Section 283 of the Penal Code Law.

The prosecution pleaded with the court to adjourn the two cases to enable the police conclude investigations.

The presiding magistrate subsequently granted the request and adjourned the two cases to December 11, 2019 and January 16, 2020, respectively for mention.