Court orders preventive detention for Nollywood actor for alleged rape

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A magistrate court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, on Monday ordered the remand of a Nigerian Nollywood actor, Moses Armstrong, in the penitentiary center for allegedly raping a minor.

The judge, Moreen Udoka, granted the prosecution’s motion for ex parte preventive detention and adjourned the matter until July 19 for the presentation of information.

Defense attorney Emmanuel Pantaleon told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday that he has requested the certified true copy of the court proceedings and will respond accordingly.

Pantaleon was not in court when his client was remanded in custody on Monday.

Another judge, Samuel Ukoima, had overturned the prosecution’s remand request when Mr. Armstrong was first tried.

Mr. Ukoima ruled that, based on the new Akwa Ibom State Criminal Justice Administration Law of 2022, a request for pre-trial detention is not filed as a charge but as an “ex parte motion”.

Ukoima crossed out the matter and ordered the Nollywood actor to be arrested again.

An application for remand was properly filed as the court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case.

The Nollywood actor was prosecuted on charges of rape and death threat.

Like his colleague, James Olanrewaju, also known as Baba Ijesha, Armstrong is the second Nigerian actor to be involved in the alleged rape of a minor.

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Following the allegations, Armstrong, a former aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel, was suspended by the Screen Actors Guild of Nigeria on Sunday.

The group, in a statement signed by Emeka Rollas, said that the “suspension was based on facts emanating from the preliminary investigations carried out by the Guild into the accusations.”

“While we must protect our members when it comes to serious allegations, the law will have to take its course,” the statement added.

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The Akwa Ibom state-born actor, who began his career 23 years ago, lost his wife, Rita, in 2018.

The mother-of-two was returning to her husband’s residence in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, from Lagos when the Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) bus carrying her was involved in a horrific accident on the Ugbogui axis of the highway. Benin Ore Lagos.

The deceased, a Nollywood actress, died from spinal injuries sustained during the accident.

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