20 year old Nigerian man arrested for throwing his baby into the river

A 20 year old Okada driver identified as Mustapha Aliyu has been arrested and remanded in prison custody for throwing his three-month-old baby boy into a river. The mother of the child reported the matter to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) when the culprit visited and took away the child who was birthed out of wedlock.

The prosecutor, ASP Daniel Ikwoche, told the court that the defendant took the child to his own village, Tamanai. There, he threw the baby into a river where he eventually drowned. When the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.

Chief Magistrate Hauwa Yusuf, however, declined to take his plea, saying that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter. Yusuf directed the prosecuting police officer to forward a duplicate copy of the case file to the State Director of Public Prosecution, (DPPs) for legal advice.

Aliyu is standing trial on a charge of culpable homicide contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code. The case was adjourned till Oct. 10 for further mention.

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