A 48-year-old HIV positive man who raped and infected a 13-year-old girl has been charged to a court in Katsina State.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the suspect, a resident of Sabon Gari quarters, Ingawa, in Ingawa Local Government Area of the state, allegedly raped the young victim, a student of Binta Abdullahi Marmade Secondary School, Ingawa, and in the process, infected her with the disease.
It was gathered that Bala had lured the girl into an uncompleted building near the school and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her, knowing that he was carrying the virus.
Apart from the victim whose health status has been determined, the health status of another 13-year-old girl Bala raped has yet to be determined.
The case, according to the report, came up for mention on Monday, December 19, 2016, before Hajiya Fadile Dikko of Katsina Senior Magistrates’ court.
The court heard that it was the school principal, Haladi Abdullahi, who reported the incident at the Ingawa Divisional Police Station.
Abdullahi had alleged that the suspect, early this month, lured the two girls on their way to school to an uncompleted building and raped them, one after the other.
The Police Information Report on the incident with case number KT/1457X/16, read in the court, also stated:
“Maddaha Dan Bala, 48 years, of Sabon Gari quarters, attacked the girls while on their way to school and lured them into an uncompleted building and in several times, had unlawful intercourse with them one after the other when he is fully aware that he is HIV-positive.
As a result, Zainab, one of the victims, was infected with the sickness.”
The police prosecutor, Inspector Kabir Mohammed, sought the adjournment of the case to January 24, 2017 because the suspect was not in court as he had gone to a hospital for treatment.
Magistrate granted the request made by Inspector Kabir but however directed that the police must bring the suspect to the court on adjourned date.