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Court remands 2 women in prison for allegedly dumping day-old baby

A Minna Chief Magistrates’ Court has ordered the remand in prison custody of two women, Aisha Garba and Fatima Garba, for allegedly dumping a day-old baby girl.

The accused were arraigned on Wednesday on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and abandonment, contrary to sections 97 and 237 of the penal code law, respectively.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Lawrence Mowette, told the court that one Usman Suleiman of Tsohon area of Sarkin Pawa reported the matter at the divisional police headquarters on October 18.

Mowette said the complainant alleged that he had gone to his farm at riverine side on the same day when he found a day-old baby tied in a nylon bag and abandoned close to the railway bridge.

The prosecutor stated further that investigations showed that the baby had been born by the first accused who conspired with the second accused (her mother), to abandon the child.

When the charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor thereafter prayed the court for an adjournment to enable the police complete its investigation.

In her ruling, the presiding magistrate, Hauwa Baba, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody.

Baba adjourned the case to November 16 , 2016.