A lawmaker in Akwa Ibom, Usuak Nseobot, has been remanded in prison for the alleged assault of a woman and stripping her naked.
Justice Archibong Archibong of the Akwa Ibom state High court ordered that Usuak Nseobot who is a councillor in Ibiono Ibom local government area of the state be remanded in prison after he was arraigned in court for allegedly kidnapping, assaulting, and publicly stripping the woman Essien, who he had accused of stealing some money that was sprayed on him and his wife, Aniedi, at their wedding.
Nseobot had pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him by the police during the hearing of the case today, November 14th but the judge ordered that he is remanded in prison.
“I was beaten and forced to walk stark naked in the village hall, they removed my dress, my bra, and my pant, Ms Essien, who is over 40 told Premium Times.
“People were inside the village hall, I think he (the councillor) may have told them that he was bringing a thief for them to beat, so the whole place was filled with people.
“He was mixing charcoal with pepper to rub on my body, but he didn’t rub (it) on me. They tied a rope around my waist and said I must dance naked before the village people.” she said
Iniubong who was in court today, said she is happy with the decision of the judge to sent Nseobot to prison.
“I am so happy with what has happened.” she said
Previously, Iniubong had told journalists that she was not the person that picked the money at his wedding, she only assisted in cooking their wedding food but she was reportedly abducted from her home in Uyo in November 2018, driven to a village in Ibiono (about 27 kilometres) and paraded before a village hall around 10 a.m.