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Widower remanded for allegedly raping 12-year-old girl

A Daura Road Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kaduna, on Monday remanded in prison a 34-year-old widower, Patrick Ben, for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl.

The accused, a resident of Sarki Road, Maraban Rido, Kaduna, was arraigned on a two-count charge of wrongful confinement and rape.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Nyimze Hinga, told the court that on March 27, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Sabon Tasha Police Station, Kaduna, transferred the matter to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for more investigation.

Hinga said on March 23, the police at Sabon Tasha received a tip-off from a good Samaritan that the accused lured and confined the 12-year-old girl for seven days in his room.

The prosecutor added that during the seven days he kept the girl in his room, the accused repeatedly had unlawful canal knowledge of her, while the parents of the girl were looking for her.

Hinga said the accused voluntary confessed to the crime during police investigation.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravened Sections 232 and 258 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law of 2017.

The Chief Magistrate, Naheed Ibrahim, ordered remand of the accused pending the receipt of advice from the Ministry of Justice.

Ibrahim, however, adjourned the case until May 15, for mention.

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