A Minna Chief Magistrate's Court yesterday ordered for one Garba Mohammed to be remanded in prison custody for allegedly burying a day old baby alive sometime in October this year on the ground that the child was a bastard.
Garba Mohammed of Lokon Batagi in Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State was said to have buried the child that was born by his daughter, Hauwa Garba out of wedlock with no one claiming responsibility as the father of the child.
Daily Trust gathered that Mohammed, a 30-year-old farmer was said to have been furious over what he considered as a shameful matter, thereby causing the death of the day old child by burying him alive.
According to the First Information Report (FIR), the incident which was reported to have occurred on October 18, 2011 is an offence contrary to section 235 of the Penal Code.
The FIR reads in part: "That you Mohammed Garba of Lokon Batagi via Gbajibo in Mokwa LGA wilfully buried alive a day old baby boy on account that your daughter Hauwa Garba gave birth to a bastard child. You are hereby suspected to have committed the offence of causing the death of a day old baby after birth contrary to section 235 of the penal code law".
When the charges were read to the accused by the Chief Magistrate, Hassan Mohammed, the (accused) pleaded not guilty, insisting that the baby was buried after it had died.
The prosecutor of the case, Esther Philip, requested the court not to grant bail to the accused on the ground that investigation into the case was still ongoing. Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned to December 7, 2011.
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