Akwa Ibom police arrest Nollywood actor over alleged rape of minor
The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has confirmed the arrest of Moses Armstrong, a member of Actors Guild of Nigeria for alledgedly raping a minor.
Spokesperson for the Police Command, Odiko Macdon, confirmed this in a statement to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo on Monday.
Macdon said the Command had been inundated with inquiries about the actor and singer. He said that Armstrong was arrested on June 9 in the state.
He said, “The popular Nollywood actor and singer, Moses Armstrong, has been arrested by men of the Police Command for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl in the state.
“We arrested the Suspect based on an initial complaint of rape. We have done our preliminary findings and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has taken over the case.”
Macdon explained that the suspect was no longer with the command but taken to court on June 20, by the DPP and remanded accordingly.
Aso speaking, the National President of the Guild, Emeka Rollas, described the case as “a very serious one,” being handled by the wife of the governor, Martha Emmanuel, through her Family Empowerment and Youth Re-Orientation Path Initiative. (FEYReP).
Rollas explained that the accusation was a sad development, as it involved one of their own and the organisation would not condone such a crime.
“To get involved with a child as young as 16 years is not something I and the association I represent, wouldn’t stand for.
“This is a very sad development involving a member of ours, but I wouldn’t want to comment any further on this case,” Rollas said.
Armstrong until his arrest, was a Special Assistant to the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel. Also, following his arrest, the guild has suspended the Nollywood actor.
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