Nursing officer, drug seller docked over abortion

Police in Kano have arraigned a nursing officer and a patent drug seller for allegedly conspiring and aborting the pregnancy of an 18-year-old woman.
Arraigning the accused persons before Chief Magistrate Muntari Ahmad, the police prosecutor, Inspector Anthony Edward, said the offence contradicted Sections 97 and 234 of the Penal Code.
Edward told the court that one Salisu Sani complained to the police that one Baffa Bello had allegedly impregnated his sister, Aisha Auwalu, after which he took her to a patent drug seller, Usman Ibrahim, and paid him N3, 000 for the pregnancy to be aborted.
The prosecutor further alleged that Usman gave Aisha some drugs and assured that the pregnancy would be terminated in three hours, but that the pregnancy did not abort after she had taken the said drugs for three days.

He said the drug seller took Aisha to one Adamu Yekini, a nurse in one of the private hospitals in Kano, who also charged N5, 000 as his own fee.
He added that the nurse injected Aisha, and that she collapsed and started bleeding. She was later rushed to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) for treatment.

In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Muntari Ahmad overruled the application on the ground that the accused persons were always attending the proceedings.
He, however, gave her the benefit of doubt and ordered her surety to bring her in the next adjourned sitting on April 25, 2014, for the continuation of hearing.

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