The trial of some staff and students of Deeper life high school, Uyo campus who were accused of sexual abuse, starvation, and negligence have started afresh.
Recall that the parents of Don Davis Archibong, an eleven-year-old student of the school had instituted the lawsuit against the staff and students.
Prosecuting counsel, David Okokon who was not in court today because his flight from Abuja was delayed, told Channels Television 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.
Okokon added 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.
The case which has been adjourned to March 3, 2021, for the hearing has the school’s principal, Mrs. Ndidi Solomon, Joseph Nseabasi, Akpan Johnson, Egor Wilson, and Joseph Ikenna as defendants.
Two minors, Shallom Ibukun and Ola Feyesetan are also among the defendants facing a four-count charge bordering on sexual molestation, maltreatment, starvation, and negligence.