August 12, (THEWILL) – Nollywood actor, Moses Armstrong, has been charged with rape of minor and supplying abortion drugs. The four charges were read to Armstrong in a State High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
His counsel, Emmanuel Pantaleon, drew the court’s attention to his bail application filed on behalf of his client on July 25 and sought the leave of the court to proceed to entertain it.
The prosecution, I.U. Robert, an assistant state counsel, while opposing the bail application, cited relevant judicial authorities and urged the court to dismiss the application which he described as an abuse of court process.
The Judge, Ntong Ntong, after hearing submissions from both counsels, upheld the defence counsel’s application and granted bail to Armstrong in the sum of N5 million.
Armstrong was arrested by men of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command in June, for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.
Reacting to the news at the time of his arrest, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, described the case as “a very serious one.
“To get involved with a child as young as 16yrs is not something I and the association I represent, would 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,” he said.
Rollas revealed that the case is being handled by the First Lady of Akwa Ibom State, Martha Udom Emmanuel, through her Family Empowerment and Youth Re-Orientation Path Initiative.
He also distanced the Guild from the horrendous act.
Amstrong is currently the Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.