A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Fada, Zaria, Kaduna State, has sentenced one Ebong Joy Akpan, an employee of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), and her daughter to six-month and seven years imprisonment, respectively, for faking a kidnap.
Abdullahi G. Maigamo, the chief magistrate, found Akpan and her daughter, Inyene, a final year student of the institution, guilty of criminal conspiracy, giving false information with intent to mislead the public and fabrication of false evidence.
Akpan was said to have faked the kidnap of her daughter and turned back to accuse her adversaries in the politics of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), ABU Chapter.
Those she accused include: Muhammad Gimba Alfa, Mohammed Inusa, Lawal Yakubu Hunkuyi, Haruna Mohammed, Salisu Isa and Rev. J. F Bukkah; all staff of the ABU.
However, after investigation by the police and subsequent proceedings at the court, Maigamo found both defendants guilty on the three count charges.
They were therefore simultaneously sentenced to six-month imprisonment with option of N25,000 fine and seven years imprisonment with option of N75,000 fine under section 97(2) and 140 as well as 158(2) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 1991.
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The court papers showed that the defendants were first arraigned before the chief magistrate court, Chediya, GRA, Zaria, before the case was transferred to the chief magistrate court, Fada, Zaria city, where it was finally determined after about six years.