DEEPER LIFE HIGH SCHOOL CASE STARTS TRIAL AFRESH
This was necessitated by the sudden transfers in the court in which the former presiding magistrate was replaced by a new one.
As usual, since the commencement of the case, the media was barred from observing the proceedings.
However, the prosecuting counsel, David Okokon who was not in court today because his flight from Abuja was delayed, told media house in a telephone conversation that as a result of the transfer of the former presiding magistrate, and because the case was still at its preliminary stage, the case had to commence afresh.
He explained that in line with conventional legal practice in such circumstances, the accused persons would take their pleas afresh after which they were admitted to the subsisting bail.
Seven accused persons are facing a four-count charge bordering on sexual molestation, maltreatment, starvation, and negligence.
The case was adjourned to March 3, 2021, for a hearing.
Those facing trial include the school’s principal, Mrs. Ndidi Solomon, Joseph Nseabasi, Akpan Johnson, Egor Wilson, and Joseph Ikenna.
Two minors, Shallom Ibukun and Ola Feyesetan were also among those brought to court.