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A 50-year-old man, Usman Audu, has been remanded in the Katsina Prison till January 4, 2018, for allegedly defiling a seven-year-old girl, said to be the daughter of his neighbour.

Audu who resides at Dadin Sauki village in the Baure Local Government Area of Katsina State, was said to have committed the offence on December 1, 2017.

The police told the court that Audu lured the girl from where she was hawking items to his bedroom to commit the act.

He was arraigned before a Katsina Senior Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for rape, which the police said was contrary to Section 283 of the Penal Code.

The victim’s father, Yazidu Ibrahim, was said to have reported the incident at the Baure Police Division, leading to Audu’ s arrest.

The police further told the court that Audu, Ibrahim and the victim live in the same house in the village.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Sani Ado, said investigation was still in progress, requesting a new date for the case to be mentioned in the court.

The magistrate, Adiza Danja, directed that Audu be remanded in custody and adjourned the case till January 4, 2018.

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