Famous Nollywood actor Moses Armstrong, arrested for allegedly raping a minor, is expected to appear in court on Friday.
Like his colleague, James Olanrewaju, also known as Baba Ijesha, Armstrong is the second Nigerian actor to be involved in an alleged rape case involving a minor.
The president of the Akwa Ibom state chapter of the Screen Actors Guild of NigeriaPrince Uduak confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that the actor was arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl earlier in the week.
He said, “I have received a confirmed report that he was arrested, although the reason for his arrest is under investigation. However, he was taken to court on Thursday and the court would determine what happened.
“I only heard that he was arrested for an alleged rape case, but I cannot independently verify how true the rape case is until the court proves otherwise. As it is now, it is an accusation that is made against him until the court finds him guilty or not.”
Uduak also said that the actor is currently facing trial at a higher court at FULGA Street, off Ikot Epene road, Akwa Ibom state, and was supposed to appear in court on Thursday.
However, the conclusions of this newspaper, as provided by the court clerk, indicate that the actor will appear in court on Friday.
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This newspaper also spoke to Akwa Ibom State Police public relations officer Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the actor’s arrest and detention and said an investigation is ongoing.
Macdon said: “Armstrong is in police custody and we are looking into the matter. He has been charged in court to stand trial.”
Armstrong is a special assistant to Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The Akwa Ibom state-born actor, who began his career 23 years ago, lost his wife, Rita, in 2018.
The mother of two children 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 an accident on the Ugbogui axis of the Benin highway Pray Lakes.
The deceased, a Nollywood actress, died from spinal cord injuries sustained during the accident.