A dismissed teacher in Abuja, Igoche Daniel Adah charged with alleged sexual molestation offences before an Abuja High Court was among inmates that escaped from prison custody when some gunmen attacked the Kuje Correctional Centre last week.
Adah was ordered to be remanded at the prison custody on June 23, when he was arraigned before Justice Akeem Fashola of the Federal Territory High Court sitting in Jabi.
The Commissioner of Police in the FCT Command had put the dismissed teacher on trial on charges of sexual abuse related offences.
Adah was slammed with one count charge to the effect that on April 15, 2021, he repeatedly touched the breast and other sensitive parts of a 14-year-old student of Destiny Academy, Lugbe in Abuja where he was teaching.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge punishable under section 32 of Child Rights Act.
At Thursday’s proceedings, the accused person was not present in court fuelling speculation that he might have escaped from Kuje prison where he has been on remand since June 23.
His defense counsel, led by Terka Aondo, confirmed that Adah escaped from custody during the attack.
He, however, claimed that the accused had returned to custody, but failed to produce him in court due to logistics hiccups.
Justice Fashola subsequently fixed October 27, 2022 for trial of the defendant in the one count criminal charge filed against him by the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command.