katsina Emirate Council suspends title holder over rape

katsina Emirate Council suspends title holder over rape

Friday, March 24, 2017 7:12 am

Katsina Emir’s Palace

The Katsina Emirate Council has suspended Bishir Bala Kofar-bai from his post of ‘Magatakarda’ pending the determination of a criminal litigation against him.

The News Agency of Nigeria , NAN, reports that Secretary of the council, Bello Ifo, said in a statement on Thursday that the suspension was with immediate effect.

Kofar-bai was standing trial for an alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl in Katsina two weeks ago.

The traditional title holder was alleged to have raped the victim when she was sent to his house by her father, who was one of his servants.

The victim informed her parents who took her to the hospital for medical treatment.

The parents reported the matter to police, which led to the arrest and detention of the suspect for investigations.

The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in the state has been mounting pressure on the police to ensure justice in the matter. The suspension is a strong signal in the pursuit of justice.

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