Five men, on Friday appeared before a Mararaba Chief Magistrate Court n Nasarawa State, for allegedly invading Dove Prime International School Limited, Orozo, Nasarawa State and obstructing learning activities.
The defendants: Anthony Okoligwe, Johnson Idiok, Amina Hamza, Kabiru Haruna and Victor Giwa were arraigned on charges bordering on criminal trespass, force, assault, theft, brigandage and mischief.
They all denied committing the offences.
The counsel to the complainant (invading Dove Prime International School Limited), Enoch Dodo told the court that the defendants invaded the school premises on July 4.
“Without authorization nor consent of the complainant, the defendants went ahead and locked up various classrooms and exam halls.
“On July 5, the defendants returned with thugs, hoodlums with dangerous weapons harassed, assaulted, threatened the lives of the staff, chased away pupils, thereby obstructing exams and learning activities.
“Also, on July 14, the defendants forcefully and unlawfully entered the secondary section and took away a generating set and a car battery,” Dodo said.
He added that parents have withdrawn their children and wards as a result of the criminal activities from the defendants.
However, counsel to the defendants, Wale Bamigbaiye, argued that the court lack jurisdiction over the case as the parties and the act did not exist within the court’s jurisdiction.
The offences contravened Sections 97, 397, 348, 326, 307, 288 and 327 of the Penal Code.
The Presiding Judge, Patrick Epu adjourned the case until Aug. 16