‘Okada’ rider in prison for raping female passenger

A commercial motorcyclist, popularly called ‘Okada Man’, Salisu Abubakar, has been ordered remanded in prison custody by a Gusau Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Zamfara State, for allegedly raping a female passenger, Salina Saidu.

According to the prosecutor, Corporal Ibrahim Aliyu, Saidu of Kwari village, Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state, had reported the case of rape at Kaura Namoda Police Station on February 22, 2016.

Aliyu said that on February 21, Saidu had boarded Abubakar’s accused motorcycle to convey her from Dauran to Birnin Magaji but along the way, the accused diverted and entered a bush, where he allegedly beat her up, tied her hands and raped her.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 283 of the Penal Code.

Though Abubakar pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him, Chief Magistrate Bello Kucheri, ordered that he should be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till March 15 for mention.

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