A Sharia Court Judge in Basawa, Zaria, has been arraigned before an Upper Sharia Court, for alleged attempt to rape a married woman.
The accused, Haruna Aliyu, was brought to the Court located in GRA Zaria, by the police on a one-count charge of attempt to commit rape.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Ibrahim Hussaini told the court that the accused was apprehended by the police at about 7:00p.m. on Monday with the woman. He said that a lawyer, Aminu Adamu-Mohammed of Waff Road Sabongari, reported the case through a phone call to Sabongari Divisional Police Headquarters.
The prosecutor said that the complainant had accused Haruna of luring one Fatima Alhassan, a house wife, to a hotel on Samaru road in Zaria with the intention of committing adultery. The prosecutor said the offence is punishable under Sections 226 and 116 of the Penal Code Law.
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the offence, and his counsel, Mr M. G. Sadiq requested the court to grant his client bail.
The Judge, Mustapha Umar granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum. He ordered that one of the sureties must be a civil servant on GL 10 or a Village Head. Umar adjourned the case to June 6, for further hearing.