There was pandemonium in a Yola court on Tuesday after it was revealed that the case file on a rape incident had grew wings and flown away into thin air.
Family members and human rights activists pursuing the prosecution of a child defilement suspect were disgusted after the announcement in court, Daily Post reports.
The case, which became a court issue last year, September 2018, has been about a 25-year-old man, Aliyu Mohammed, who is being tried for allegedly defiling a five-year-old neighbour in Yola Town, Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
After many court proceedings over the past 16 months, judgement on the case was fixed for Tuesday, but it had to be adjoined to January 14, 2020, after the judge, Hon Umar Isa of Upper Area Court 3, was told that the file was not available.
The Women/Human Rights Desk Officer of an NGO, Centre for Women & Adolescent Empowerment, Ms Nuwama Markus, who has been following the case, described the development as most unfortunate.
“This case was due for judgement two weeks ago, but it was adjourned to today because lawyers were marking their Bar week. It is so very sad that it has to be adjoined once more.”
The sudden disappearance of the file came to light Tuesday afternoon when the Police Prosecutor, Srgt Ibrahim Aliyu, reminded the judge about the case after the judge had already treated a number of other cases.