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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

VP in Minna recants confession, denies impregnating 16-year-old pupil



Vice-Principal of Day Secondary School, Tunga, Minna, in Niger State, Mohammed Mohammed, who is currently standing trial for allegedly impregnating a 16-year-old JSS3 pupil, has denied the allegation.

Mohammed earlier admitted to officials of the Niger State Child Rights Agency of having sex with the student and had gone on to beg for clemency.

However, through his counsel, Barrister Mohammed Mustapha, he had denied the act while appearing before a Senior Magistrate Court 8 sitting in Minna on Wednesday.

Counsel to the accused, while submitting oral application for his bail, said Mohammed had denied committing the offence as contained in the First Information Report, adding that the court has also taken cognizance of the denial in line with Section 143 of Criminal Procedure Code.

“In view of this, we humbly make an oral application for his bail before the court under the inheritance and rights jurisdiction of the court,” Mustapha submitted.

He said the oral application for bail was premised under sections 34, 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, while urging the court to use its discretion to effect his client’s release.

The Police prosecutor, Corporal Hussaini Paiko, objected to the bail application on the ground that the accused person could tamper with the on-going police investigation on the matter.

In her ruling, Senior Magistrate Fati Abdul Auna denied the accused bail, while ordering the counsel to formally submit the bail application in writing.

Auna therefore ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to April 26 for further hearing.