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Why Family Fed Day-Old Baby to Dog

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A family of five has been arrested by the police in Katsina state for allegedly feeding a day old baby boy to a dog as meal.

It was gathered that the incident happened at Saika village in the Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

The police gave the names of the suspects as Wasila Halilu (15), who is the mother of the baby; Wasila’s step brothers, Muhammadu Bello (45), Musa Bello (35), Umar Bello (27); and her mother, Faiza Umar (30).

It was gathered that a 27-year-old farmer by the name of Musa Garba, whom allegedly impregnated Wasila, was equally arrested for presumably raping her.

Police sources revealed that trouble started for the family when Wasila gave birth to the baby boy after being allegedly impregnated by the farmer.

Wasila reportedly told the police and the family that the farmer lured her to his farm and allegedly raped her.

The sources added that Wasila’s pregnancy and the subsequent delivery of the baby boy were said to have been viewed as capable of bringing shame to the five-member family since she was unmarried.

It was gathered that Wasila’s mother and the stepbrothers held a meeting where it was decided that the baby boy should be fed as a meal to a dog.

The village head of Saika, known as Dagacin Saika, reported the incident to the police, leading to the arrest of the family members and the farmer.

They were arraigned before a Katsina Magistrate’s Court on three counts bordering on culpable homicide, criminal conspiracy and rape.

The police said the offences contravened sections 235, 387 and 85 of the Penal code.

The presiding magistrate, Nura Ladan, ordered further investigation into the incident and directed that the suspects be remanded in police custody.

The case was adjourned till August 8, 2016.

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