A staff of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Joy Enobong-Akpan, and her daughter, Akon Iyene, have been arraigned before a Chief Magistrates’ Court, Chediya GRA, Sabongari, Zaria for criminal conspiracy and offering false information.
The two were said to have connived and falsely accused six staff of the university of kidnapping the second accused, Iyene, a student of Human Anatomy Department of the institution.
Those accused of kidnapping the girl were Muhammad Gimba-Alfa, Rev. J. F. Buka, Lawal Yakubu, Mohammed Yunusa and Haruna Muhammad.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Aliyu Jibril told the Court that the university’s chief security officer had forwarded a letter of complain titled `Missing Student’ to the Zaria Police Area Command on March 4, 2016.
He said that the in the letter, Iyene was said to have been abducted.
Jibril further told the court that the letter also indicated that the missing student had received a kidnap threat via a text message to GSM: 08125359077, in which her mother was told to stop participating in SSANU politics.
SSANU stands for Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities.
The prosecutor said that when the girl was subsequently declared missing, the police invited the mother several times on the matter but refused to honour the invitation.
He said that the police had to arrest and investigate her for false information and criminal conspiracy.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened sections 97, 140 and 151 of the Penal Code.
Enobong-Akpan, however, pleaded not guilty, and her counsel, Aminu Aliyu requested the court to grant her bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Musa Auwal granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He ordered that the sureties must be residing within the jurisdiction of the court, have verifiable addresses and GSM numbers, and deposit two passport photographs with the court.