14 November 2012

Nigeria: Woman in Court for Initiating 12-Year-Old Girl Into Witchcraft

Kaduna — A 50 year-old woman, Binta Mohammed, on Wednesday appeared before a Kaduna Sharia Court, Magajin Gari for alleged initiating a 12-year-old girl into witchcraft.

Prosecutor Haruna Ibrahim told the Court that one Amina Kawu, of house No. B29, Rock Road, Tudun Nupawa, Kaduna had on Nov. 9 reported to the police that her house help, Jummai Monday, had been initiated into witchcraft.

Ibrahim said the witchcraft was given to Monday inside fish sometimes in September.

He added that the house help had mentioned her members as Binta Mohammed, alias Mama Shehu and Adebowale Ajami of Ribadu Crescent, Tudun Nupawa, kaduna.

The prosecutor further told the court that the complainant told the police that her house help had informed her that her members had been persuading her to bring Sultan Aminu, her son to be killed.

He said Aminu was critically sick and behaving abnormal, adding that the offence committed is contrary to the Section 216 (a)(b) of the Penal Code.

The accused, Binta, however, pleaded not guilty of the charge.

The Presiding Officer, Malam Usman Ibrahim, after hearing from the prosecutor adjourned the case to Nov. 20, for the witnesses to testify.


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