An Akwa Ibom State councillor, Uduak Nseobot, has been remanded in prison for allegedly assaulting a woman and stripping her naked.
Nsebot, who is a councillor in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area was indicted by the state government of kidnapping, assaulting, and publicly stripping the woman, Iniubong Essien, on the grounds that she stole some money sprayed on him and his wife during their wedding.
He 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 councillor 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.
The victim, Ms Essien, who said she has been a close friend to the councillor’s wife for about 10 years, denied stealing their money in an interview with Premium Times.