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Published On: Wed, Aug 13th, 2014

Businessman arraigned over abduction, attempted rape

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From Uche Uche, Damaturu

A 30 year-old man, arraigned on 4-count charge of criminal conspiracy, abduction, intimidation and attempt to commit an offence, has been granted bail despite opposition to granting bail by prosecutor.

The prosecutor, Paul Wilson told the court that the accused person, Mohammed Idris, a businessman and a resident of hospital road, Potiskum town, in Yobe state, was first arrested by the police in Potiskum, from where the case was transferred from the Potiskum Police Division to the Chief Magistrate Court 1, Damaturu on July 15, 2012.

He told the court that the case was reported to the Police by one Maryam Ahmadu, who stated that her daughter, Zainab Babayo, a 13 year-old girl, was on her way to school when the accused person, Ahmed Idris, of the same address, with his friend, one Musa, of an unknown address and now at large, took the 13 year-old girl to a house at Unguwan Jaji, Potiskum, where they striped her naked and attempted to rape her but was rescued by some passers-by.

The prosecutor told the court that the accused persons have earlier threatened to kill the girl should she shout or report the incident to her parents.

Paul told the court that the offenses contradict sections 97,272,379b and 95 of the Penal Code Law.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him and though an earlier oral application made by counsel to the accused for bail of the accused was opposed by the prosecutor.

The presiding judge, Gambo Hussaini Jimbom, granted the accused person bail in the sum of N100, 000, with one reliable surety who must be a resident within the jurisdiction of the court.

The case was adjourned to August 21, for hearing.


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