Nollywood actor, Moses Armstrong, has been charged with rape of minor, intimidation, conspiracy and supplying of drugs or instruments to procure abortion.
According to Premium Times, 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 defense counsel’s application and granted bail to Armstrong in the sum of N5 million.
Photos of the actor outside the courtroom were also shared on social media by his friends and fans.
The actor was arrested by men of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl two months ago.
Emeka Rollas, national president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), while reacting Armstrong’s arrest during a chat with Qed.ng, described the case as “a very serious one”.
“To get involved with a child as young as 16 years is not something I and the association I represent, would stand for.” he said.
Armstrong is the Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel on Agriculture.