An 18 -year-old man, Hassan Abdullahi, of Kwarin Maikotso village in Batagarawa Local Government Area of Katsina State, has been remanded in prison for allegedly impregnating his neighbour’s teenage daughter.
A Katsina Senior Magistrate’s Court presided over by Hajiya Fadile Dikko, ordered that the defendant be remanded in custody till October 15, 2019 when his case would come up for mention.
Trouble started for Abdullahi when he befriended his then 12-year-old neighbour’s daughter in 2016.
The businessman was said to have earlier indicated interest in marrying the girl, but had a change of heart when the minor was delivered of a baby boy.
Unhappy about this development, the father of the girl, Abdulrahman Abubakar, petitioned the state Commissioner of Police to seek justice for his daughter.
In a letter addressed to the Commissioner of Police, dated January 8, 2019, the complainant alleged that the defendant had carnal knowledge of his daughter during the period of their friendship.
This, he said, led to pregnancy and the birth of a child outside wedlock.
Based on the complaint, the police arrested the defendant and interrogated him.
He was said to have confessed to committing the offence while in police custody.
The charge read in part, “You, Hassan Abdullahi, lured one (name withheld) to your shop and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her. As a result, she got pregnant and was delivered of a baby boy…”
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, asked the court for more time to enable the police to conclude investigations.
The court granted the request and ordered that the defendant remain in prison till the next adjourned date.