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Farmer, 45, remanded in prison over alleged rape of three-year-old step daughter

A Minna, Niger State Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered a farmer, Bawa Danjuma, 45, to be remanded in prison of for allegedly raping his three-year-old step daughter.
The Magistrate, Aisha Bawa, who said the accused would be on remand pending the conclusion of police investigation, adjourned the matter to April 12 for further mention.
The accused, who resides at Kundu area in Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of the state, is facing a one count charge of rape.
The prosecutor, Emmanuel Danladi, told the court that the wife of the accused, Fatima Danjuma, reported the matter at the Niger State Child Rights Agency on March 6.
Danladi said the complainant alleged that on February 11, the accused lured her three-year-old daughter, whom she had for her former husband, into his room and had sexual intercourse with the victim.
He also told the court that the victim sustained injuries on her genital as a result of the forceful intercourse.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 283 of the Penal Code Law but the accused, however, pleaded not guilty.
Danladi, therefore, asked for an adjournment of the case to enable police complete their investigation.
The prosecutor objected to bail for the accused on the grounds that the offence was not bailable‎.