The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Jigawa on Thursday arrested a 50-year old hunter for allegedly impregnating his 17-year old step granddaughter in Dutse.
The NSCDC Commandant, Mr Muhammad Gidado, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the suspect was arrested over alleged incest.
Gidado said that the suspect, married to the girl’s aunt, committed the offence at Warwade community in Dutse.
He said parents of the victim had filed a complaint against the suspect following his inability to settle medical bills at the clinic where she was delivered of her baby. Gidado said the girl had undergone Caesarean section and had been suffering from anaemia due to pregnancy related complications.
He said the suspect had earlier accepted responsibility for the pregnancy when the family tried to settle the matter amicably but failed to take care of the needs of the mother and the new born baby.
“The girl’s parents decided to bury the matter within the family after the suspect accepted responsibility for the pregnancy but failed to settle the medical bills.
“The girl is receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Dutse, and her parents made a formal complaint to the command,” he said.
Gidado said the command has settled the medical bills because the parents could not afford to pay. The commandant said the suspect would be arraigned as soon as investigations into the case were completed.