The Akwa Ibom Police Command has confirmed the arrest of Moses Armstrong, a member of Actors Guild of Nigeria,for allegedly raping a minor.
The state police public relations officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon, confirmed this in a statement in Uyo, Monday.
Macdon said the Police Command had been inundated with inquiries about one Moses Armstrong, an actor, adding that the actor was arrested June 9 in the state.
“The popular Nollywood actor and singer, Moses Armstrong, has been arrested by men of the Police Command for allegedly defiling a 16-year old girl in the state.
“We arrested the suspect based on an initial complaint of rape. We have done our preliminary findings and the director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has taken over the case,” he said.
Macdon explained that the suspect was no longer with the command but was taken to court on June 20 by the DPP and remanded accordingly.
The national president of the Guild, Mr Emeka Rollas, described the case as “a very serious one.”
Rollas said it was being handled by the wife of the governor, Dr Martha Emmanuel, through her Family Empowerment and Youth Re-Orientation Path Initiative (FEYReP), explaining that the accusation was a sad development, as it involved one of their own and the organisation would not condone such a crime.
“To get involved with a child as young as 16 years is not something I and the association I represent, would stand for.
“This is a very sad development involving a member of ours, but I wouldn’t want to comment any further on this case,” he said.
The Guild has suspended Moses Armstrong over the allegation.