The victim, Iniubong-Essien. Image credit: Premium Times

A councillor in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has appeared before a state High Court in Uyo for allegedly assaulting a woman and stripping her naked in the public.

The accused, Uduak Nseobot and his wife, Aniedi, were charged to court on July 11 by the Akwa Ibom state government for allegedly kidnapping, assaulting, and publicly stripping the woman, Iniubong Essien, whom they had accused of stealing some naira notes.

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According to the accused, the money was “sprayed” on them at their wedding.

Essien, who has been a close friend to the councillor’s wife for about 10 years, denied stealing the money.

She told Premium Times that she assisted the Nseobots in cooking and serving food to their wedding guests and that she was not even the person who helped the couple to pick money donated to them at the wedding.

The councillor and his wife, supported by their friends, were said to have abducted Essien from her home in Uyo in the morning, around November last year, drove her to a village in Ibiono, about 27 kilometres.

She was then taken to a village hall around 10 a.m.

“I was beaten and forced to walk stark naked in the village hall, they removed my dress, my bra, and my pant, She 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.”

The case was adjourned to October 14, for the court to hear the argument on the preliminary objection by the councillor’s lawyer.