By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Pada, Zaria City has convicted a mother and her daughter for criminal conspiracy, for giving false information with intent to mislead public servant and fabrication of false evidence against the nominal complainants.
Delivering his judgment, the Chief Magistrate, Abdullahi Abubakar Maigamo said the Court has found Enobong Joy Akpan and her daughter, Akpan Iyene guilty on 3 and 2 count charges respectively.
He said their act is calculated and skimmed to tarnish the reputation of the nominal complainants in an outside Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira and the court was satisfied with all the proceedings by the prosecution.
Enobong Joy Akpan a staff of Kashim Ibrahim Library, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria was sentenced on 3 count charges 1. Criminal conspiracy under section 97 penal code law to 6 months imprisonments or a fine of 25,000. 2, giving false information with intention to mislead public servant under section 140 penal code to serve one year imprisonment or a fine of 25,000.
The third count charge is fabrication of false evidence punishable under section 158 penal code law to serve 7 years imprisonment or a fine of 75,000 . Totally 125,000.00 or 8 ½ year imprisonment .
For the daughter Akpan Iyene a student of the University , the court found her guilty for criminal conspiracy under section 97 penal code law to serve 6 months imprisonment or a fine of 25,000 . The second charge is given false information with the intention to mislead public servant and under section 140 penal code law is to serve one year imprisonment or a fine of 25,000 respectively , the amount totally 50,000 fine on her.
The case which began in march 2016 has suffered series of adjournments at Chief Magistrate Court Chediya GRA Zaria before it was finally transferred to the Chief Magistrate Court Pada , Zaria City where the judgment was delivered on Thursday, 1st. April, 2021.
The case was filed by C.O.P. on behalf of the State. The nominal complainants in the case are Alfa Gimba and five others against Enobong Joy Akpan at the Chief Magistrate Court Chediya GRA, alleging them to have conspired and kidnapped her daughter Akpan Inyene after she dropped her at lecture hall in the University on March 3rd 2016.
The investigation began at the University Security Service unit and later it was transferred to the Zaria Area commander of police for further investigation in an effort to know the truth of the matter, after the police investigation, the people alleged were found innocent and they were discharged by the police.
The police had given Enobong Joy Akpan one week to meet with nominal complainants for what she did but she refused and additional two weeks were given to her still she didn’t apologize, then the Commissioner of Police filed a case against Enobong Joy Akpan at Magistrate Court Chediya GRA Zaria .
The complainants are Alfa Gimba, Rev J.F. Buka, Lawal Yakubu Hunkuyi, Mohammed Yunusa, Haruna Muhammed and Salisu Isa all are Senior Staff of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.