By Abdallah el-Kurebe
The Federal High Court hearing a case of child abuse and labour brought it by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) against a 27 year old Habiba Ladan in Sokoto on Thursday adjourned the case to March 16, 2016 for continuation.
The accused, Habiba was arraigned before the court on February 3, 2016 when Justice Rilwanu Aikawa granted bail to her in the sum of N1 million and one surety in the same sum.
During the hearing on Thursday, the Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Tahir Hassan told the court that the accused allegedly engaged the services of a 10 year old girl, Zaliha Mahmud as a housemaid.
Hassan also said that the offence was contrary to section 23, sub-sections 1 (a) and 2 (b) of the NAPTIP Enforcement and
Administration Act, 2015.
The accused however pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to her.
The Prosecuting Witness, who is an Intelligence Officer with NAPTIP, Mr Hassan Sule-Ganga told the court that the Agency received a report about the alleged offence from a good Samaritan on October 28, 2015.
”When the 10-year old girl was brought to the Agency, her buttocks were severely burnt,” Sule-Ganga told the court adding, ”So she was taken to the Specialist Hospital, Sokoto for treatment but she was referred to NOMA Hospital also in Sokoto for further treatment.”
After cross-examination of the prosecuting witness by the Lead Defence Counsel, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, Justice Aikawa adjourned the case to March 16, 2016 for continuation of hearing.
Posted by Abdallah el-kurebe