Chief Perekeme Kpodo, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress in Bayelsa, has been remanded in prison after being charged with rape and arraigned before a magistrates’ court in the state, on Friday.
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Kpodo, who was put in the dock at the Magistrates’ Court 10 presided over by Magistrate E.T. Empire-Ugwa on two counts of unlawful detention and rape of the victim, however denied the charge, claiming it was a frame-up, which arose out of his his criticism of the administration of Gov. Seriake Dickson.
The defendant, a former security adviser of the state government, in the charge sheet was said to have detained his alleged victim on June 2 at Etegwe area of Yenagoa and had carnal knowledge of her thereby committed two offences punishable under Section 155 and Section 285 of the state Criminal Code.
Speaking to newmen at the court premise after Magistrate Empire-Ugwu ordered his remand till August 10 when the the judge will rule on his bail application, Kpodo claimed his prosecution was politically motivated.
According to him, “This trial is politically motivated, the case was reported in June to the police. The girl in question made the allegation as a tool of blackmail to cover up a fraud allegation of N500,000 and the case was withdrawn when the family apologised to me.
“But the government has been mounting pressure on the girl to come up and the girl spoke on the phone to my hearing that the matter was closed.”