The Akwa Ibom state government has reportedly charged actor Moses Armstrong with the alleged r*pe, intimidation, conspiracy, and supplying of drugs to conduct abortion.
According to Premium Times, counsel to Armstrong, Emmanuel Pantaleon, said the charges were filed when the actor was arraigned before a high court in Uyo, on Wednesday August 10th. Armstrong pleaded not guilty to the charges.
This is the first time the actor would be officially charged in the case since he was arrested in June.
The police had arrested Armstrong for allegedly r*ping a minor. He was said to have committed the act with a 16-year-old girl about three years ago.
The alleged victim, who was said to have been schooling outside Nigeria, returned to the country recently and thereafter petitioned the wife of the state governor with respect to the r*pe allegation.
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Last month, a magistrate court in the state had transferred the case to the high court and struck out a suit by the prosecution seeking to remand the actor.
During the court session on Wednesday, Pantaleon reminded the court of the actor’s bail application filed on July 25.
But I.U. Robert, the prosecution counsel, opposed the bail application. Robert asked the court to dismiss the application, describing it as an “abuse of court process.”
In his ruling, Ntong Ntong, the judge, upheld Armstrong’s application and granted him bail in the sum of ₦5 million.
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