A 40-year-old man, Sani Idris, from a village called Maska in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State, is now in prison custody on the orders of a Katsina Senior Magistrate Court. He was accused of hypnotising and having sexual intercourse with seven married women. He was said to have lied to his victims that their husbands were wizards and members of the occult.
The accused is facing charges of rape and ‘attempt to commit an offence, to wit, causing miscarriage,’ which police said are contrary to sections 283 and 95 of the Penal Code.
Senior Magistrate Abdulkareem Umar had remanded Idris in prison custody on Friday and adjourned the case till July 24, 2017 for mention.
The police told the court that the husband of one of the victims, Muntari Samaila, lodged a complaint against Idris at the Funtua Central Police Station.
Samaila reportedly told the police on June 11, 2017 that on the previous day, his 19-year-old wife, Maimunatu, had informed him that Idris, who claimed to be a soothsayer, phoned her with GSM number 08148122935, asking her to come down to his house located also at Maska village.
He added that on getting to the house, Idris allegedly told Maimunatu that her husband was a wizard and that he would help her to “tackle him.”
The accused was said to have thereafter prepared some concoction for Maimunatu to drink to abort her one-month pregnancy, after which he recited some incantations.
Samaila further told the police that the accused subsequently had sex with Maimunatu and warned her not to tell anyone.
“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to have committed the offence and further said he had done the same thing to other women,” the police First Information Report stated.