15-year-old rape victim pregnant for abuser – Police

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A 15-year-old girl (name withheld), who was allegedly raped by her neighbour in Katsina State, has become pregnant as a result of the abuse she suffered in the hands of the suspected rapist.

Her 22-year-old alleged abuser Umar Salisu, a native of Shakafito village in the Safana Local Government Area of the state, reportedly lured the teenager into his room where he forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

It was gathered that Salisu and his victim were living in the same compound.

According to the police First Information Report, a resident of the community reported the incident to Inspector Yusuf Abdullahi of the Safana Divisional Police Headquarters, who was on surveillance patrol in the area, leading to Salisu’s arrest.

The suspect was consequently arraigned before a Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court on a charge of rape, contrary to provisions of Section 283 of the Penal Code.

The police FIR read in part, “Inspector Yusuf Abdullahi attached to the divisional police headquarters, Safana, while on surveillance patrol along the Safana/Gobirawa-Shakafito villages, received information from a good Samaritan in the area that one Umar Salisu, 22, of Shakafito village in Safana LGA, proposing to marry the victim (name withheld), female, aged 15 years, of the same address, deceived her and had sexual intercourse with her. As a result, she is now eight months pregnant.”

The police prosecutor, Inspector Sani Ado, told the court that investigation was still in progress and asked for an adjournment to enable the police conclude the investigation.

The presiding Senior Magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, adjourned the case till January 22, 2019, for mention and directed that Salisu be remanded in prison custody.

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