One Muhammad Bello, 45, a teenage girl and
three others have appeared before a Chief
Magistrates’ Court in Katsina State for allegedly
killing a newborn baby born out of wedlock and
fed a dog with the corpse.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Altine Ragiji, told
the court that the incident occurred at Saika
village in Batsari Local Government Area of the
According to him, a traditional ruler in the town
reported to the police that a teenage girl
(names withheld, 15), gave birth to a child out
He explained that upon investigations,
Muhammad Bello, 45; Musa Bello, 35; Umar
Bello, 27, and the girl’s mother, Faiza Umar, 30,
were arrested in connection with the case.
Ragiji revealed that the accused persons
confessed to have killed the baby and fed a dog
with the assistance of the girl’s mother.
He said the teenage mother further 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.
“Since then, I missed my menstruation and later
delivered,’’ the girl told the police during
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.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Nura El-Ladan, said
that the case was brought to the court for
El-Ladan directed the police to conduct further
investigations on the matter.
He also ordered for the remand of the accused
persons in prison custody.
The court adjourned the case to Aug. 8 for
further mention. (NAN)