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Father remanded after mauling 10-year-old daughter

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Mustapha Usman, Kano

The Senior Magistrate’s Court 34, sitting at Rijiyar Zaki, Ungoggo Local Government Area of Kano State, has remanded one Saminu Umar for beating up his ten-year old daughter, Naja’atu, to a pulp.

There are fears that the preteen may lose sight due to injuries she suffered during the attack.

DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the father lost temper and starting beating the girl for visiting her uncle without his permission.

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The loud cries of the girl drew neighbors’ attention, who overpowered him and  rescued her.

It was also gathered that seeing the magnitude of the injuries, the neighbours reported him to the Rijiyar Zaki Police Division in Kano.

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The police therefore arrested him and charged him to court after spending a couple of days in their custody.

DAILY NIGERIAN further gathered that Mr Umar had divorced the victim’s mother about eight years ago, leaving her in the hands of his new wife.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge while standing before Magistrate Aminu Fagge.

The offence contravenes section 264 of the penal code law.

Speaking after the court session, the accused expressed regret, saying “it is a harsh decision. It is nothing but the act of the devil. I really regret my actions.”

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