Perekeme Richard Kpodo, an APC Chieftain and former Security Adviser to the Bayelsa State Government, has been arrested for reportedly raping and detaining one Miss Teke Blessing in his hotel in Etegwe, Yenagoa, Bayelsa.
The APC Chieftain who was arraigned today at the Yenagoa magistrate court, reportedly committed the said offence on the 20th of June 2018 at his Perry Rich hotel. Council to the accused, however pleaded that his client should be granted bail on health challenges.
Challenging the plea, the council to the state further submitted that the defendant has not proved beyond reasonable doubt his condition and he should present certifiable evidence of his health issues. Passing judgment on the rape lawsuit, the presiding judge remanded the suspect in prison custody and adjourned the matter to 10th of August 2018 for further hearing.
This is coming after an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court ordered the remand of 58-year-old man, Franklin Adeyanju, in Kirikiri Prisons for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s five-year-old daughter. The accused, a politician, who resides at 24, Tijani Street, Dopemu, a suburb of Lagos, is being tried for defilement.
The prosecutor, Clifford Ogu, had told the court that the offence was committed on February 28, at the accused residence. Ogu said the offence violated Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.
He said: “The accused called the girl, a five-year-old, to his apartment and was fingering her private part when another neighbour, who heard the screaming of the girl, entered the apartment.”
“The accused was caught in the act and the woman, who saw him, shouted in order to attract the attention of other neighbours.”
Chief Magistrate, Taiwo Akanni, ordered his remand and adjourned the case until April 30, for mention.
The 36-year old politician turned rapist was arrested by the police, as he tried to dispose of the corpse of the innocent girl through the back door. Indigenes of Otuoke said that the suspect committed the act in an uncompleted building owned by his boss, the former chairman of Otuoke CDC.