An Akwa-Ibom State lawmaker, Uduak Nseobota has been remanded in prison for allegedly assaulting a married woman and forcing her to walk and dance naked in the public.
Mr. Nseobot, who is a counselor in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, was dragged to court for publicly assaulting and humiliating Mrs. Iniubong Essien.
KanyiDaily had reported that Mr. Nseobot was charged on July 11 by the Akwa Ibom state government for allegedly kidnapping, assaulting, and publicly stripping the woman, Iniubong Essien, whom he had accused of stealing some naira notes which was ‘sprayed’ on them during their wedding ceremony.
Ms. Essien, who has been a close friend to the councilor’s wife for about 10 years, denied stealing the money.
She told Premium Times that she assisted the Nseobots in cooking and serving food to their wedding guests and that she was not even the person who helped the couple to pick money donated to them at the wedding.
Nseobot was initially charged alongside his wife, Aniedi, who lives in the U.S. But the charges against the wife was dropped by the prosecution to enable them build a smooth case against the defendant.
Justice Archibong Archibong of a state high court in Uyo on Thursday dismissed the preliminary objections filed by the defendant through his lawyer, Mfon Ben.
The judge ordered that Mr. Nseobot be remanded in prison after the councilor pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
The case has been adjourned to November 27 for the court to hear the defendant’s bail application.