Businesswoman Strangles Own Baby To Death

Rabiat Mustapha, 30, a businesswoman in Sokoto, has strangled her baby to death and disposed of his remains in a pit latrine. She was arrested and remanded in prison custody

Mustapha who had the baby out of wedlock is facing a two-count of criminal conspiracy and preventing a child from being borne or causing it die after birth.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Abubakar Adamu, however, said the court lacked jurisdiction over the matter but ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody.

The prosecuting officer, Umar Rabiu, told the court that the accused committed the offences on March 3 at Asada area of Sokoto.

Rabiu said that the woman conceived out of wedlock and gave birth to a baby boy which she strangled to death and threw the body into a pit latrine.

He said the offence contravened Section 235 of the Penal Code.

Adamu adjourned the case until April 9 for a mention and possible transfer to a court of competent jurisdiction.


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