A 53-year-old lecturer at the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa, Dr Fred Ekpa-Ayokhai, alongside three of his children were arraigned before a court in Lafia for allegedly brutalizing a 20-year-old student of the institution, simply identified as Blessing.
Daily Trust how Ekpa-Ayokhai was seen in a viral video attacking Blessing.
The former Head of Department (HOD), History and International Relations at the federal university of Lafia was arraigned on six (6) count charges of criminal conspiracy, housebreaking and criminal force or assault to a woman with intent to outrage modesty, kidnapping and inflicting physical injury on another.
In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nansel Rahman, all the suspects were arraigned before Justice Aisha Bashir-Aliyu, the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State in Lafia, Wednesday.
The statement which reads in part said: “Dr Fred Ekpa-Ayokhai, 53-year-old; Emmanuela Ayokhai, 18-year-old; Bob Praise Ayokhai, 23-year-old; and Saint-Dan Ayokhai 21-year-old were on October 26, 2022, arraigned at High Court 1, Nasarawa State before Justice Aisha Bashir-Aliyu, the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State on six (6) count charge of criminal conspiracy, housebreaking and criminal force or assault to a woman with intent to outrage modesty, Kidnapping and Inflicting Physical Injury on another.”
According to him, the offences listed above are punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria, Section 3(1) and 4 of the Nasarawa State Kidnapping (Prohibition) Law, 2019, Section 268 (2) and 354 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria and Section 3 (1) of the Nasarawa State Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law, 2019.
“The case has been assigned to the High Court, for trial while the suspects have been remanded in prison custody pending formal arraignment,” the statement concluded.