Former lawmaker arrested for allegedly raping 19-year-old wife’s niece in Cross River

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A former member of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Honourable Patrick Uguge has been arrested for allegedly raping his wife’s nice, a 19-year-old.

The suspect allegedly committed the crime at a hotel in Ogoja on April 21, 2023.

Commissioner of Police the State, Balarabe Sule has confirmed the detention of the ex-lawmaker.

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According to Human Rights lawyer, James Ibor of Basic Right Council Initiative (BRCI) who decried the alarming rate of rape in the state said incident is reported to have occurred April 21, 2023.

The suspect represented Ogoja State Constituency between 2007 to 2015.

“A young girl, 19-years old, walked into our office, and alleged that her daddy, (because she calls the man her daddy, having lived with him for about three years now). She (the victim) is a Nice to the man’s wife known as Right Honourable Patrick Uguge. Uguge was a two-term House of Assembly member who represented Ogoja state constituency between 2007 to 2015.

“The suspect alleged that on the 21st day of April, 2023, the man rapped her in a hotel at Ogoja. When the girl came to us , we had to verify and confirm her story, we put up a petition to the Police, and they have commenced investigation and taken custody of the man.

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“Rape is a felony and the rate if sexual abuse is alarming,so we need to protect the female gender from predators. We are in touch with the girls parents, who have confirmed that the suspect was still a virgin before she was rapped,” Barrister Ibor said.

In a related development, a Karu Upper Area Court sitting in Abuja on Friday sentenced a man, Sabiu Akilu, to four months in prison for constituting a nuisance.

The judge, Mr Ishaq Hassan, however, gave the convict an option of N10,000 fine and warned him to desist from disturbing public peace.

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The convict, who has no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to a count charge of constituting a nuisance after injunction to discontinue.

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The prosecutor, Mr. Olarewaju Osho, told the court that Akilu was arrested by a team of policemen from Asokoro Police Station on March 15.

He said the team led by DSP Courage Erhabor while on patrol, arrested the convict and three others at Kasuan Dere, Asokoro Village while he was disturbing public peace.

He said that during the police investigation, the convict could not give a satisfactory account of himself.

The alleged offence contravenes Section 199 of the Penal Code.

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